News Spy J. sent us the following image of the rollout of the
Airbus A380 airframe out of a hangar which most likely is located
in Toulouse, France. He also included a one-of-a-kind caption which
quite frankly, given the relative size of the humans carefully
guiding the aircraft out of its temporary
nest, seems very appropriate...
"Through the Airport Watch program, your folks at
airports have the ability to call about anything they see that is
untoward or unusual that might help us. There is no additional
emerging heightened awareness for the Memorial Day weekend I can
provide, other than this is a three-day period with many events.
Pilots should keep their eyes open for anything unusual."
Source: TSA Acting Administrator David
Stone, commenting on the effectiveness of AOPA's Airport Watch
program, and urging pilots to exercise extra caution during the
heightened threat period of the Memorial Weekend.
AD/TBM 700/34 Pilot Seat & Front Passenger Seat
Applicability: Model TBM 700 C2 aircraft.
Model TBM 700 C1 aircraft with option OPT 70 01-029
“Provision for T700C2”
Requirement: Action in accordance with the
Accomplishment Instructions of EADS Socata Alert Service Bulletin
Note: DGAC Emergency AD UF-2004-069 refers.
Compliance: Before the next flight after 2 June
2004, and during each subsequent seat adjustment after 2 June 2004.
This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 2 June
Background: A case of pilot seat unlocking
occurred during a test flight at the manufacturer’s facility.
It was determined t
AD/BN-2/82 Elevator Final Drive Rod 7/2004 DM
Applicability: All Model BN2, BN2A, BN2B,
BN2T, BN2T-4R, and BN2T-4S series Islander aircraft.
Requirement: Inspect the internal surface of the
elevator system final drive control rod in
accordance with B-N Group Service Bulletin SB 303 Issue 1.
Note: UK CAA Emergency AD G-2004-0011
Compliance: Within 50 hours time in service or one
month after 2 June 2004, whichever occurs first. This Airworthiness
Directive becomes effective on 2 June 2004.
Background: The manufacturer has identified
several cases of corroded elevator final drive control rods. If not
corrected, corrosion of the internal surface c
AD/ECUREUIL/99 Lateral Cargo Hold Doors 7/2004 TX
Applicability: All EC 130 B4
Requirement: Key-lock the centre lock of the left
and right lateral cargo hold doors in accordance with paragraph
1.E.2.a of Eurocopter EC 130 Alert Telex No. 04A001.
Note: DGAC Emergency AD UF-2004-066 refers.
Compliance: Prior to each flight after 14 May
2004. This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 14 May
Background: During a flight test at the
manufacturer’s facility, the centre lock of the lateral cargo
hold door unlatched. Unlocking of the centre lock in flight,
combined with aerodynamic loads, could lead to failure of the
lateral lock and