FAA jumped right to a final rule in mandating the replacement of the Thales pitot tubes on certain Airbus A330 and 340 aircraft. The airworthiness directive (AD) followed the lead of a European rulemaking released in late August and stemmed from the ongoing investigation of the June 1 Air France Airbus A330-200 crash over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil. Potential problems with the pitot tube quickly became a focal point in the accident. Fault warnings pointing to potential speed ...
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