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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2011, 10:29:35 PM »

FAA will issue emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring inspections of certain Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 aircraft that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-southwest-faa-idUSTRE73362V20110404

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"The government will order emergency checks of certain older model Boeing Co 737s for the kind of fatigue cracks that prompted Southwest Airlines Co to cancel hundreds of flights."

I wonder what they are calling 'older'.. N632SW rolled off the assembly line a year after the first B777 went into service..

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011, 12:27:15 AM »

FAA will issue emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring inspections of certain Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 aircraft that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-southwest-faa-idUSTRE73362V20110404

Opening line:

"The government will order emergency checks of certain older model Boeing Co 737s for the kind of fatigue cracks that prompted Southwest Airlines Co to cancel hundreds of flights."

I wonder what they are calling 'older'.. N632SW rolled off the assembly line a year after the first B777 went into service..

BL.



The FAA press release states the following: "The FAA airworthiness directive will require initial inspections using electromagnetic, or eddy-current, technology in specific areas of the aircraft fuselage on certain Boeing 737 aircraft in the -300, -400 and -500 series that have accumulated more than 30,000 flight cycles. It will then require repetitive inspections at regular intervals."

https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=12621
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2011, 02:08:03 PM »

FAA will issue emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring inspections of certain Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 aircraft that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-southwest-faa-idUSTRE73362V20110404

Opening line:

"The government will order emergency checks of certain older model Boeing Co 737s for the kind of fatigue cracks that prompted Southwest Airlines Co to cancel hundreds of flights."

I wonder what they are calling 'older'.. N632SW rolled off the assembly line a year after the first B777 went into service..

BL.



I believe the term "old" is misleading as it appears the major factor is really flight cycles.
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2011, 03:30:19 PM »

FAA will issue emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring inspections of certain Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 aircraft that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.  

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-southwest-faa-idUSTRE73362V20110404

Opening line:

"The government will order emergency checks of certain older model Boeing Co 737s for the kind of fatigue cracks that prompted Southwest Airlines Co to cancel hundreds of flights."

I wonder what they are calling 'older'.. N632SW rolled off the assembly line a year after the first B777 went into service..

BL.



I believe the term "old" is misleading as it appears the major factor is really flight cycles.

...well used would be a better way to put it...  cool 
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2011, 03:33:25 PM »

Most people also don't realize most of the private and commercial A/C buzzing around over their heads are 30-40 years old.  In plane years, that is a mature adult.  In car years, that is a rusted out piece of junk.  Most people only know car years.
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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2011, 03:44:07 PM »

Most people also don't realize most of the private and commercial A/C buzzing around over their heads are 30-40 years old.

This chart is an eye-opener...average fleet age of FAR 121 Air Carriers. The chart says it is out of date, but still it gives you an idea...

http://av-info.faa.gov/GetFleetAge.asp

See also, Average fleet age for select U.S. Carriers:

http://www.airsafe.com/events/airlines/fleetage.htm

Sidenote...the AvHerald Article has been updated, including a the NTSB Press Briefing:

http://www.avherald.com/h?article=43a4ac26&opt=0

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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2011, 08:02:27 PM »

"A senior Boeing Co. engineer said Tuesday that Southwest Airlines Co., which works its planes longer each day than other airlines, wasn't to blame for metal fatigue that led to a hole in the roof of a jet last week."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014692588_apussouthwestplanes4thldwritethru.html
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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2011, 10:47:36 AM »

EMERGENCY AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE:

http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAD.nsf/0/77979606b642117286257869006afb63/$FILE/2011-08-51_Emergency.pdf

AvHerald:

http://www.avherald.com/h?article=43a83ca1&opt=0
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