Regulatory Roundup

A rundown of the latest safety and regulatory updates in the commercial aviation industry.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-29 for certain 767-200 and -300s, requiring replacing cargo compartment insulation blankets on the left and right sides with new insulation blankets that incorporate fire stops, effective January 31, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-01 for certain 747-400s, 747-400Ds and 747-400Fs, 757s and 767-200s, -300s, -300Fs and -400ERs, requiring, depending on model and configuration, installing an on-ground stabilizer auto-trim inhibit system, relays and related wiring to open and close the flight control computer analog output and new operational program software in FCCs, effective January 31, 2017.

FAA has corrected Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-02, for certain 787-8s, requiring installing markers to limit hydraulic system fluids to a specific brand, doing hydraulic fluid tests of hydraulic systems, replacing hydraulic system fluids if necessary and doing all applicable investigative and corrective actions, effective January 20, 2017.

FAA has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-25-26 for all MD-90-30s, requiring installing angle-of-attack sensor external case heaters on the existing AOA sensors, installing additional wires and doing a functional test and applicable corrective actions, effective February 2, 2017.

The Russian Federation’s Federal Air Transport Agency has issued Airworthiness Directive 2016-322-03 for RRJ-95s, requiring weekly detailed visual inspections of splice plates and horizontal stabilizer hinge bracket attach belts and instrumental inspections of lugs of upper and lower attachment mounts of horizontal stabilizer hinge brackets.

EASA has withdrawn Safety Information Bulletin 2015-22.

EASA has issued proposed Airworthiness Directive 16-177, for Trent XWBs, requiring repetitive offset emptying/inspections and continuation of additional measures to ensure that no air leakage path can develop which could exacerbate water accumulation, effective 14 days after December 22, 2016

EASA has published Safety Information Bulletin 2016-20 for all ATR42s and 72s, recommending implementing actions recommended by ATR to avoid dual and opposite flight control inputs.

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