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US FAA adopts new airworthiness directives.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2000 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed the adoption of a new airworthiness directive (AD) that is applicable to certain Airbus Model A300 and A300-600 series aircraft.

This AD would require repetitive inspections to detect chafing and the existence of repairs of the harness of the high-level sensor of the fuel surge tanks, as well as to detect chafe marks on the support canisters of the magnetic level indicators, and follow-on corrective actions if necessary. Modification of the harness for the high-level sensor of the outer wing fuel tanks would also be required, which would constitute a terminating action for certain repetitive inspections. Comments are due by 13 July, 2000.

A new AD that is applicable to all Airbus Model A330 and A340 series aircraft has been adopted by the FAA. This AD requires repetitive ultrasonic inspections to detect corrosion of the retraction links of the main landing gear and replacement of the retraction link with a new retraction link if necessary. The AD is effective 18 July, 2000.

The FAA has also adopted a new AD that is applicable to certain Boeing Model 747-400 and 767-200 and -300 series aircraft that requires repetitive inspections to detect damage and wear of the auxiliary track assembly of the thrust reverser, and corrective actions, if necessary. This AD also requires the eventual repair of the auxiliary track assembly, or replacement of the slider and liner or the entire assembly, with new, improved parts, which, when accomplished, would terminate the repetitive inspections. This AD is effective 18 July, 2000.

An AD applicable to all Airbus Model A300, A310 and A300-600 series aircraft has been adopted. This AD requires an inspection to detect damage of the electrical bonding leads in specified locations of the fuel tanks and replacement of any damaged electrical bonding leads with serviceable electrical bonding leads. For certain aircraft this amendment also requires modification of the fuel pipe couplings in specified locations of the fuel tank. This AD is effective 18 July, 2000.

Also effective 18 July, 2000 is a new AD that is applicable to certain Airbus Model A319, A320 and A321 series aircraft that requires a one-time general visual inspection to determine the part number and serial number of the spoiler servocontrol, and corrective action if necessary.

An AD applicable to certain Boeing Model 767-200 and -300 series aircraft has been adopted by the FAA. This AD requires repetitive inspections to detect wear or damage of the door latches and disconnect housings in the off-wing escape slide compartments, and replacement of any discrepant component with a new component. The effective date is 18 July, 2000.

An amendment adopting AD 2000-10-51, which was previously sent to all known owners and operators of certain Boeing Model 767 series aircraft by individual notices, has been adopted by the FAA. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine whether certain bolts are installed in the side load underwing fittings on both struts and various follow-on actions if necessary. This AD is effective 19 June, 2000 to all persons, except those to whom it was made effective immediately by emergency AD 2000-10-51 on 18 May, 2000.

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