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Regulatory Update, Jan 8-15

A rundown of the latest FAA and EASA-issued airworthiness directives.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-25 for all BAE Systems 4101s, requiring repetitive detailed inspections, and repair if necessary, of cracks, corrosion and other defects of the rear face of the wing rear spar, effective February 7, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-07 for certain 767-200s and -300s, requiring replacing the aft pressure bulkhead with a new, improved aft pressure bulkhead, and doing related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, effective February 7, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-26-02 for certain Bombardier Regional Jet 700s, 701s, 702s, 705s, 900s and 1000s, requiring an inspection of the polyurethane protective tapes installed on the floor structure for excess tape or incorrect tape installation, and corrective actions if necessary, effective February 7, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-31 for certain A330-200s and -300s, A330-200 Freighters A340-200s, -300s, -500s and -600s, requiring modifying the cockpit door frame structure, installing bonding-leads to the upper cockpit door frame, and modifying the upper cockpit door plate cover, effective February 7, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-27 for all A300 B4-603s, B4-620s, B4-622s, B4-605Rs, B4-622Rs, F4-605Rs, F4-622Rs and C4-605Rs, requiring repetitive detailed inspections for cracking of the lower frame fittings of the frame foot, and replacement with a new frame foot if cracking is found, effective February 8, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-30 for all A330-200s, -200 Freighters and -300s and A340-200s, -300s, -500s and -600s, prompted by certain anomalies of flight guidance computers, effective February 9, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-26-05, for all A330-200s, -200Fs and -300s, revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations, effective February 9, 2017.

FAA has issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin NM-17-06 for certain 737-200s, -200Cs, -300s, -400s and -500s on a new inspection procedure for cracking in the fuselage skin panels at the chem-mill steps.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has published Advisory Circular 145-05 v1.5 to provide guidance on the Technical Arrangement between the CASA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, dated April 22, 2013.

EASA has superseded FAA Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-12 with 2016-23-02 for 777-200s and -300s.

EASA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-0238 for most A30-family aircraft, requiring rototest inspections of all holes below each door stop fitting at fuselage FR 66 and FR 68, both left and right sides, and other actions.

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