Recommendation R20020240

Recommendation issued to: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020240
Date issued: 15 November 2002
Safety action status:

See ATSB report BS/20010005,

"Investigation into Ansett Australia maintenance safety deficiencies and the control of continuing airworthiness of Class A aircraft".

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the US Federal Aviation Administration ensure that there is a defined and consistent understanding throughout the FAA as to the importance of airworthiness directives that mandate revisions of the Airworthiness Limitations Structural Inspections for damage tolerance aircraft types, and that such airworthiness directives are processed and released without undue delay.

Initial response
Date issued:
Response from: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Action status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:
Further correspondence
Date issued: 30 April 2003
Response from: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Response status: Open
Response text:

The FAA Order 8040.1M cites Airworthiness Directives Manual, FAA-AIR-M-8040.1, which gives direction to FAA employees for issuing Airworthiness Directives (AD). This manual provides guidance on ADs for Aircraft Structural Limitations. Concerning the importance of ADs pertaining to airworthiness limitations, because they are intended to correct an unsafe condition, we consider all ADs of the highest importance and assign our limited resources accordingly. We make every effort to expeditiously issue ADs, and, at the same time, stay within the constraints of our public notice system. As with any other system, we continuously work to improve our process of risk assessment and prioritization methodologies. We urge States of Registry to make independent assessments of the alert service bulletins that US manufacturers issue and to act on their own initiative to avoid perceived delays resulting from our AD issuance process.

ATSB Note:

Based on the previous advice ATSB reclassifies the recommendation as Closed-Partially Accepted (31 March 2008).

Last update 03 April 2012