A European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) order to inspect Airbus A380 belly fairings could disrupt maintenance schedules for about 110 aircraft because of its tight compliance window. The airworthiness directive (AD), issued January 17, mandates checks along the belly fairing leading edge for fatigue cracks and, if necessary, repairs. The checks are based on Airbus instructions following in-service reports of cracks discovered during routine maintenance. “A fatigue phenomenon was ...

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