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FAA Publishes Fact Sheet On Aging Aircraft Program
Wed, 29 Mar '06
Editor's Note: In light of all the recent discussion surrounding Aging Aircraft issues, the FAA has issued its Fact Sheet on the agency's Aging Aircraft Program. The complete report follows below:
The FAA’s Aging Airplane Program for transport airplanes includes several regulatory initiatives related to structural fatigue and corrosion as well as aging systems or ‘wiring.’
Three major factors prompted the FAA’s actions:
Airplanes are being operated beyond original design service goals.
Original maintenance plans were not required to address potential age-related issues.
1988 Aloha accident.
The agency revised the program in response to the Aging Airplane Safety Act of 1991, the 1996 TWA 800 accident, and the 1998 Swiss Air accident. The Aging Transport Non-Structural Systems program began in October 1998 and is modeled after the very successful aging structures program that’s been ongoing since August 1988.
By working with industry, the FAA has achieved safety gains that address aging issues, including: a voluntary fuel tank inspection survey, voluntary implementation of maintenance actions to address both aging structural and wiring issues, and workshops and training seminars.
The FAA has issued more than 700 Airworthiness Directives (ADs) to address specific safety concerns or ‘unsafe conditions’ on specific airplane types. Separately, the agency continues to promote far reaching safety measures through general rulemaking that provide a safety net beneath the ADs already mandated.
Of the more than 700 ADs already issued:
more than 540 ADs were for airplane structural issues since 1990,
more than 85 ADs were for fuel tank safety issues since 1996, and
more than 110 ADs were for wiring safety issues since 1998.
Highlights of Aging Airplane and Wiring Rules
Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems (EAPAS)
On September 22, 2005, the FAA issued a proposed rule for transport airplanes carrying more than 30 passengers and having a maximum payload of 7,500 lbs. or more. The proposal adopts enhanced safety requirements for design, installation, and maintenance of electrical wiring and fuel tank systems. It would also require design approval holders to develop enhanced maintenance inspections and tasks for fuel tank systems and electrical wiring system. Operators would incorporate the enhanced inspections and task into their maintenance programs.
Aging Airplane Safety Rule (AASR)
On January 25, 2005, the FAA issued a final rule that requires repetitive inspections and records reviews every seven years for all transport airplanes older than 14 years to ensure that maintenance programs provide the highest level of safety for age-sensitive structures. For certain airplanes, operators must incorporate damage tolerance-based inspections of certain airplane structures, including repairs, alterations and modifications (RAMs) into their maintenance programs.
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