The pilot insecurity rule has lost its bite — at least for
now. The Transportation Security Administration has suspended
enforcement of the rule that allowed it to revoke a pilot's
certificate for alleged security risks.
An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter on a military training
mission crashed Thursday near Roanoke, Virginia. The aircraft
narrowly missed crashing at the Franklin County Speedway. The
second aircraft in the flight of two F-15E's returned to base
The South African Broadcasting Corporation has reported that an
LET-410 Czech-built aircraft has crashed in southern Sudan, killing
sixteen of twelve children who were passengers on the domestic
charter flight, as well as the captain, a native of New Zealand,
and the chaperone who was escorting the children.
The FAA received a report of a Model 208 aircraft having loose
or improperly locked nuts on the wing struts upper attachment
bolts. Loss of attachment nut(s) could lead to failure of the wing
structure with consequent loss of control of the aircraft.
Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) 206 and Agusta
Bell 206 Series Helicopters
Background: Transport Canada received reports of three
occurrences of skin cracks originating near the tail rotor blade
trailing edge balance weight. Two of the occurrences resulted in
loss of the weight and a strip of material along the trailing edge,
leading to an imbalance, which caused fracture of three of the four
tail rotor gearbox attachments. One of these occurrences resulted
in the gearbox shifting that caused failure of the drive shaft,
which resulted in loss of yaw control.
"This little bit
of common sense has been a long time coming. TSA has to have the
tools to protect our national security, but at the same time,
pilots' constitutional right to due process must be
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer,
commenting on the TSA's decision to suspend what has been widely
described as the Pilot Insecurity Rule.
AD NUMBER: 2004-09-24
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-09-24
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD)
that is applicable to all Gulfstream Aerospace LP Model Galaxy and
Gulfstream 200 airplanes.