airworthiness directive

variants: or Airworthiness Directive

Definition of airworthiness directive

: a document that notifies the owners or operators of a particular model of aircraft that unsafe or potentially unsafe conditions have been discovered which may affect the airworthiness of the model in question and that details any corrective actions which may be necessary to address the deficiency

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Following Boeing’s statement, the FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the 737 Max which mandates safety protocols for US carriers, according to Bloomberg. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Boeing issues safety bulletin on 737 Max aircraft following Lion Air crash," 7 Nov. 2018 The emergency airworthiness directive will be binding on all U.S. carriers flying Boeing 737 Max 8 versions and is expected to be embraced by regulators world-wide. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing, FAA to Issue Safety Alerts Following Lion Air Crash," 6 Nov. 2018 Even more disruptive is the European regulator’s airworthiness directive requiring that the inspection interval for 787s equipped with the engines be cut to every 80 trips from 200 now., "Dreamliners’ Longest Trips Face Curbs Because of Rolls-Royce Engine Issues," 15 Apr. 2018 The airworthiness directive calls for an ultrasonic inspection because the cracks and metal fatigue are not visible to the naked eye. Rene Marsh And Gregory Wallace, CNN, "FAA mandates more engine inspections following Southwest incident," 1 May 2018 Shortly after the incident, the FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive requiring inspections. Rene Marsh And Gregory Wallace, CNN, "FAA mandates more engine inspections following Southwest incident," 1 May 2018 The cancellations are not the result of an emergency airworthiness directive Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airline said. Stephen Singer,, "Southwest Airlines Flight Cancellations Rise With Engine Inspections," 23 Apr. 2018 In order to get planes flying again, all aircraft have now been fitted with at least one unmodified engine, making them compliant with an EASA airworthiness directive, one of the people said., "Pratt May Have Found Temporary Fix for Airbus A320 Engine Issue," 21 Feb. 2018 The same family of engines experienced an unrelated safety problem five years ago, prompting a previous FAA airworthiness directive. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Orders Inspections of Engines on Most Airbus A380s," 12 Oct. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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