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Global Regulatory Update, March 12-18

A concise overview of the latest major airworthiness directives from around the world.

CASA

The Civil Aviation Authority of Australia has issued a Consultation Draft 1620OS on night vision imaging system special fire endorsement.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Australia’s Manual of Standards Part 173 Amendment, Instrument 2017 concerning procedure design authorizations and off-shore, came into effect March 9.

EASA

EASA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-0043 for Fokker 28 Mark 100s, serial numbers 11244 to 11527, requiring modification, cleaning and sealing of affected passenger service units, effective March 20.

EASA issued a proposed airworthiness directive 17-027 for Airbus A300s, A310s and A300-600s, for general visual inspection of the bulk cargo door frame to identify structural repairs, effective 14 days after the agency issues the airworthiness directive.

EASA issued a proposed airworthiness directive 16-164R1 for Airbus A330s and A340s, for detailed inspection of the front stop attachment areas of each affected slat track, among other actions, effective 14 days after it issues the airworthiness directive.

EASA issued a proposed airworthiness directive 17-028 for Airbus A330s and A340s, proposing identification of part and serial numbers of each main fitting, bogie beam and sliding piston of all landing gear and other actions, effective 14 days after airworthiness directive is issued.

EASA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-0044 for Airbus A330s and A340s, requiring repetitive detailed inspections of the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator upper attachments and no-back housing in accordance with applicable service bulletin, effective March 23.

FAA

FAA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-04-11 for all Boeing 737-600s, -700s, -700Cs, -800s and -900s, requiring a detailed inspection and bushing replacement of the trunnion bore of the main landing gear, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, effective March 29.

FAA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-04-06 for certain United Instruments 5934 series altimeters manufactured between January 2015 and February 2016 and installed in airplanes and helicopters. The AD requires replacing affected altimeters, effective April 7.

FAA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-05-02 for certain Airbus A318-112s, A319-111s, -112s, -115s, -132s, and -133s, A320-214s, -232s, and -233s, A321-211s, -212s, -213s, -231s, and -232s, requiring a one-time eddy current conductivity measurement of certain cabin and cargo compartment structural parts to determine if an incorrect aluminum alloy was used, and replacement if necessary, effective April 7.

FAA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-05-06 for all Boeing 767-200s and -300s, requiring inspections for cracking of certain frame inner chords and webs common to the floor beam joint and at frames common to the shear ties at certain sections, and corrective action if necessary, effective April 7.

FAA issued an airworthiness directive 2017-05-07 for Boeing 777-200s and -300s equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 800s, requiring installing serviceable thrust reverser halves on the left and right engines, effective April 7.

FAA has issued an airworthiness directive 2017-05-01 for all Airbus A300s, requiring an inspection to determine if certain modifications have been done, effective April 7.

FAA has issued an airworthiness directive 2017-05-09 for certain CFM56-5s, requiring removal of the radial drive shaft assembly and outer housing, and replacing them with parts eligible for installation, effective April 13.

FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin NM-17-09 advising owners and operators of Boeing 767-200s, -300s, -300Fs and -400ERs of an inspection and maintenance procedural changes for certain inboard spoiler power control actuators of the flight control system.

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