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March 29, 2004

Stating The Obvious

If 43 US airports aren't upgraded and expanded by 2020, the FAA says they won't be able to deal with the expected increase in air traffic. "If you think we have problems with delay today, wait till you get to 2013," said Catherine Lang, FAA deputy associate administrator for airports. "Wait till 2020 and you've got 42 choices for headaches."

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-13 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus model A319 and A320 series airplanes, that currently requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking and delamination of the containers in which the off-wing emergency evacuation slides are stored, and corrective actions if necessary. That AD also requires eventual modifications of the slides, which terminates the requirement for repetitive inspections. This action removes the currently required repetitive inspections, and requires an additional modification of the off-wing emer

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-15 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-15 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ and Model BAe 146 series airplanes, that requires a test to determine the torque setting for the collar cap screw of the differential box for the nose landing gear, and follow-on actions. This action is necessary to prevent uncommanded inputs to the nose wheel steering, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane during takeoff and landing. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-11 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-11 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 series airplanes; and certain Model A340 series airplanes,that requires inspecting for and repairing cracking of the wire harness slots in the inner rear spars the wings between ribs 4 and 5, and cold-expanding crack-free wire harness slots and bolt holes. This action is necessary to prevent cracking of the wire harness slot, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wing. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-14 MANUFACTURER: Saab SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-14 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain SAAB 2000 series airplanes, that requires measuring the torque of the adjustable pin in the rear attachment of the intermediate strut for both engines, and retorquing the adjustable pins to the correct torque value. This action is necessary to prevent long-term damage to the engine mounting structure (EMS), and loss of redundancy on the EMS, which could result in possible separation of an engine from the airplane, reduced controllability of the airplane, and injury to persons or property on the ground. This action is intended to addr

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-12 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model747-400F series airplanes, that requires repetitive detailed and general visual inspections of the external fuselage skin for cracks; various inspections of the affected area where cracks are found to determine the extent of the damage; and repair of cracks. This action is necessary to detect and correct fatigue cracks in the fuselage skin and frame shear tie assemblies, which could propagate and result in possible in-flight decompression of the airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe conditio

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