Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

EASA and FAA have each issued proposed airworthiness directives concerning the massive Koito debacle.

But the two ADs ARE NOT the same.

Here is a link to the FAA proposed AD that will formally hit the agency’s web site tomorrow. Cut and paste the URL or click on the photo above. Moveable Type is acting quirky for me.

Here is a link to EASA’s proposed AD.

A far larger percentage of Boeing aircraft than Airbus aircraft are impacted in the world fleet.

You can draw your own conclusions.

Related links:

And remember this one from the archives? The revelation that Koito rubber stamped JCAB approval on its seats?

(Photo above from Jeffrey Beall’s Flickr photo stream)

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6 Responses to Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

  1. John S. September 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi Mary!

    You might want to edit this post. The FAA AD link isn’t a link, and the EASA link actually links to the FAA AD.


  2. Mary Kirby September 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Do’h! Moveable Type is giving me grief. I’ve fixed the EASA link, but you either need to cut-and-paste the FAA link or click on the photo to get to the FAA AD. Thanks for the heads up!!

  3. Dan P September 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Are you deliberately making this sound like a conspiracy, Mary? Perhaps that wasn’t your intention but certainly reads so in your post. If you have noticed something suspicious, please be specific.

    Both ADs require testing of seats against the usual criteria, and removal if they don’t pass muster. Both ADs offer a 2 year grace period. Fair enough. This is an entirely normal reaction from the certification authorities, made in the interests of safety.

    The FAA AD covers more ground in that it includes Fokker and Mitsubishi aircraft not covered by the EASA AD.

  4. Mary Kirby September 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    A conspiracy? Surely you jest. EASA wants to see all seats come out within ten years. The FAA is going to let seats stay permanently after they complete part of the certification requirements.
    The FAA in its own proposed AD admits that it will not require full compliance with every applicable regulation.
    Asked if the FAA is concerned that unfavourable comparisons will be made about the FAA’s AD versus EASA’s AD, an FAA spokesman says: “Clearly the FAA doesn’t operate in a vacuum, but that said what we have to do is look at the safety impact and the safety issue and the proposed solution based on our environment, not the environment that exists in Europe.”

  5. Jetcal1 September 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    The total estimated cost of this proposed AD for the U.S. fleet is $875,000? Ha! Ha!

    Frankly. I think most operators will pull the seats. There are enough aircraft in storage to make up a shortfall, and if this makes the news the potential for a lawsuit after an accident will be huge,

    “Airline knowingly flew with unsafe seats puting passenger at risk.”

  6. Mary Kirby September 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    All the US aircraft are operated by Continental Airlines, says the FAA. The story has hit the news on Flightglobal (link below), but I know what you mean. I wonder if WSJ or NYT will pick up on it. The revelation about the rubber stamp is very hook-worthy (of course, I thought that months ago and nobody blinked an eye…guess they were too busy with Toyota headlines…Koito’s parent is an affiliate of Toyota).