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March 15, 2005

Airbus Rudders: Are Visual Inspections Enough?

In The Wake Of AAL 587, One Expert Calls Dependence On Them "Naive"

As ANN reported earlier on Tuesday, Airbus will recommend owners of its A300-600s and A310s inspect the rudder assemblies of their aircraft in the wake of an incident more than a week ago, where an Air Transat A310 lost its rudder in flight. Now comes word that some American Airlines pilots have demanded to be transferred off Airbus duty. And there are nagging questions about those visual inspections: Are they enough to ensure the aircraft's safety?

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Airbus To Recommend A300, A310 Rudder Inspections

Action Comes After Air Transat Rudder Separation

Acting out of "an abundance of caution," Airbus says it will recommend visual and aural inspections of rudders aboard its A300-600 and A310 aircraft. This, after the bizarre separation of an entire rudder from the tail of an Air Transat flight at altitude on its way from Cuba to Canada.

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Stonecipher's Take On The Airline Industry

Harry Stonecipher, the Boeing president and CEO ousted earlier this month in an embarrassing sex scandal involving another Boeing executive, is undeterred in his criticism of the airline industry -- and his suggestions about what that industry needs to fix itself.

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AD: Dornier

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-11 MANUFACTURER: AvCraft Aerospace GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dornier Model 328-300 series airplanes.

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