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Minor safety issue
Windshields manufactured with terminal block fittings containing polysulfide
sealant (PR1829) have been shown to be predisposed to premature overheating
failure that could lead to the development of a localised.
Action taken by Airbus
Worldwide windshield replacement program
In May 2010, the aircraft manufacturer issued a service bulletin (SB) A330-56-3009
that implemented a windshield recall, removal and replacement program. The
program applied to a batch of approximately 1,500 windshields that had been
manufactured between January 2007 and October 2008 where PR1829 polysulfide
sealant had been used as a filling agent within the terminal block. The SB
recommended a visual inspection of the left and right windshields to determine
whether they were part of the batch containing PR1829 sealant. If identified, Airbus
recommended that the affected windshields be replaced within 900 flight hours.
Airbus reported to the ATSB that the airlines which had been initially affected by
in-flight windshield overheat events would be prioritised in the replacement
Due to limited fleet-wide completion of the windshield retrofit program (SB A330-
56-3009), Airbus have also indicated that they are in discussion with the European
Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) with the view to implement an Airworthiness
Directive that will require all European operators of applicable Airbus aircraft to
comply with the windshield replacement program. Once released, it has been
indicated that aircraft operators will be required to comply with the Airworthiness
Directive within nine months from the date of its release
originally posted by: tweetie
A 2011 article from "WIRED" appeared on my Twitter feed earlier today.
Ban the Black Box
The technology exists to retire the boxes.
NEWARK, N.J. — As United Flight 731 climbed out of Newark with 107 people aboard, the pilot and first officer were startled to find screens that display crucial navigational information were blank or unreadable and radios were dead.
They had no way to communicate with air traffic controllers or detect other planes around them in the New York City area’s crowded airspace.
“I made a comment to the captain about steering clear of New York City, not wanting to get shot down by USAF fighters,” first officer Douglas Cochran later told investigators. He wasn’t joking: “We both felt an extreme urgency to get this aircraft on the ground as soon as possible.”
Within minutes, Cochran and the captain had turned around and safely landed the Denver-bound Airbus A320 at the Newark airport. Cochran later told investigators that clear weather might have been the only thing that saved them from a crash.
originally posted by: roadgravel
originally posted by: Zaphod58
Now Egypt is claiming that the aircraft did NOT make any maneuvers before it disappeared from radar.
Didn't Greek radar show the turns. Have they withdrawn that statement.?