posted on Aug, 26 2017 @ 08:03 AM
This isn't quite as bad as it sounds although I'm a little surprised that it has become an issue worthy of an immediate AD to alter the MEL lists.
Seems like the TWA 800 incident has a lot to answer for.
Its not like this system hasn't already been used successfully in the past, including by Airbus. In order to become a problem it would need a runaway
overheat on the hydraulic pump sys, low fuel status in the tank, NIGS non-functional, AC packs contributing to thermal rise in the tanks, non
intervention or monitoring of tank temps and hydraulic temps by the crew, no ECAM warnings, master caution or SD page messages(presumably?) and lastly
an ignition source. Its possible, but frankly highly unlikely. This is either an unnecessary knee jerk by Airbus or something else is going on that
they aren't talking about, possibly a combination of both. Frankly I think its much more likely to be the former with the possibility of their being
an inherent problem with the pumps design. Whichever it is I wouldn't worry about the A-350, its had a far, far better run through development and
service than the A-380 or its nearest analogue the 787.