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FAA Airworthiness Directive 2018-16-09 Boeing

FAA AD2018-16-09

 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by report indicating that cracks were found on the fuselage frame webs at stations forward and aft of the overwing emergency exits between stringer-7 (S-7) and S-8. This AD requires repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections for cracking of the fuselage frame webs at certain stations between S-7 and S-8 and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. 

FAA Airworthiness Directive for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes

This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections for damage on the fuselage skin at certain frames, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions.

Vanity Fair Magazine “The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today”



a-wing-and-a-prayer-us-airlinesIn the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.


Not long ago I was waiting for a domestic flight in a departure lounge at one of the crumbling midcentury sheds that pass for an American airport these days. There were delays, as we’ve all come to expect, and then the delays turned into something more ominous. The airplane I was waiting for had a serious maintenance issue, beyond the ability of a man in an orange vest to address. The entire airplane would have to be taken away for servicing and another brought to the gate in its place. This would take a while. Those of us in the departure lounge settled in for what we suspected might be hours. From the window I watched the ground crew unload the bags from the original airplane. When the new one arrived, the crew pumped the fuel, loaded the bags, and stocked the galley. It was a scene I’d witnessed countless times. Soon we would board and be on the way to our destinations….Please read the article

Vanity Fair Article detailing Aircraft Maintenance outsourced overseas

FAA AD 2015-15-06 / Boeing 767

SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-13-01 for certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. AD 2003-13-01 required an inspection to detect cracks and fractures of the outboard hinge fitting assemblies on the trailing edge of the inboard main flap, and follow-on and corrective actions if necessary. For certain airplanes, AD 2003-13-01 required an inspection to determine if a tool runout option has been performed in the area. This new AD reduces certain compliance times, adds airplanes to the applicability, and provides optional terminating action for certain inspections. This AD was prompted by reports of hinge assembly fractures found before certain required compliance times in AD 2003-13-01. We are issuing this AD to prevent the inboard aft flap from separating from the wing and potentially striking the airplane, which could result in damage to the surrounding structure and potential personal injury.

Apex Inspections NDT Seal

Apex Inspections NDT

FAA AD 2015-15-06