US brings strict new rules against old aircraft

AIRCRAFT must be protected against structural fatigue according to new regulations brought in by the US.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling will force aircraft to be submitted to a thorough inspection after a certain number of flight hours to check for fatigue cracking. More than 4,000 US aircraft will be affected by the rule.

The agency said: “There have been several instances of major structural failure in flight due to fatigue. Therefore the potential for catastrophic structural failure is significant. The FAA considers that this rule making is essential to prevent future accidents or incidents.”

This will have significant effects on passenger-to-freighter conversions.

Read the next issue of Air Cargo News, dated 29th November, for the full story.


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