FAA promises designee program improvements; global DRVSM additions; NTSB supposed to add investigators; U.S. fatal accident rate declining.
Last June's draft airworthiness directive ordering changes to Honeywell T53 helicopter engine maintenance programs was universally panned -- if the 30-some commenters who lodged their complaints in the public docket make up the universe, that is. This space gave plenty of ink to the dissenters (O&M, September 2004, p. 24); now it's time to give credit where credit is due. FAA, acknowledging that it may not have the full story on the alleged in-service problems that the directive ...
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