FAA Orders Airlines to Inspect, Replace Boeing Cockpit Windows

FAA Orders Airlines to Inspect, Replace Boeing Cockpit Windows

July 09, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

More From Businessweek

By John Hughes
July 9 (Bloomberg) — U.S. airlines flying Boeing Co. 757, 767 and 777 aircraft must inspect or replace the cockpit windows after 11 reports of fires tied to electrical wiring in the past two decades, the Federal Aviation Administration said today.
The order is aimed at eliminating loose connections that heat the window and prevent ice from forming, the FAA said in an e-mailed statement. Loose connections in the electrical system may lead to cracked windows, smoke or fire, the agency said.
The order covers 1,212 U.S. aircraft, and inspections will cost carriers a total of $103,000, according to the FAA. Operators can begin inspections within 500 flight hours of the July 13 effective date, or install a redesigned window, the agency said.
The most recent incident was an emergency landing by a UAL Corp. United Airlines 757 at Washington Dulles International Airport on May 16, the FAA said. While no reports have been received about fires on Boeing 747s, the FAA said it plans a directive for those planes later this year because the windows are similar.
–Editors: Steve Geimann, John Lear

California Aviation Alliance: Airport News List E-mail
Sent by AviaEd@netscape.net – Lorena de Rodriguez on behalf of CAA subscribers. Add your comments to these stories realtime online at http://aviaed.wordpress.com/.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to the Airport News List, send an email, from the email account you wish to receive or discontinue CAA posts on, addressed to imailsrv@californiaaviation.org and
place only the following in the first line of the body of the message:
Subscribe airport YourFirstName YourLastName YourJobTitle YourAirport/Company

Manage your CAA subscriptions with the user friendly Mail List Administration database. You’ll find it at: http://californiaaviation.org/cal/index.cfm

Contact stepheni@cwnet.com with problems with your subscription.

Leave a Reply