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UPDATE 1: System certification questions abound as leaky line story breaks

A source tells RWG that Gore has been selected as the new provider of leaky feeder cables to AeroMobile, after cables from a former supplier failed flam tests. I’ve asked Gore for comment. Gore’s web site says: “GORE Cable Based Antennas for Aircraft and Mining are multiple standard radiating coax cables that set the standard […]

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Burned by Koito? Don’t expect a payday, say sources

If you’re an airline hoping to receive compensation from embattled seat manufacturer Koito Industries, don’t hold your breath, say multiple sources. Kotio falsified test data, including crucial flammability data, on some 150,000 seats in the world fleet. Several airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Thai Airways International, have filed lawsuits against Koito seeking damages for […]

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The big seat squeeze: Do B/E, Zodiac and Recaro have room?

Aircraft seat manufacturers B/E Aerospace, Zodiac and Recaro (seats pictured above) have enjoyed plenty of new business ever since reports started surfacing from Japan that seat maker Koito Industries had falsified data on seats. And the ‘big three’ can expect an even greater windfall now the EASA and the US FAA have formally issued airworthiness […]

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Tested Koito seats still represent ‘Unsafe Condition’: EASA

EASA recently held a Koito briefing session in Cologne to help answer some of the myriad questions being asked by airlines. Koito seats are subject to both an EASA proposed AD and an FAA NPRM after the Japanese manufacturer falsified test data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet.The ‘question and answer summary’ document published […]

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Koito aircraft seat mess gets even messier

Koito Industries, the Japanese firm that falsified test data on 150,000 aircraft seats in the world fleet, reportedly set aside only 3.6 billion yen ($44 million) for compensation last fiscal year and 3.3 billion yen in the fiscal year ending 31 March. But with Thai Airways International now looking to sue Koito for up to […]

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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 […]

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Airbus releases OIT on Koito seat debacle (here’s the text!)

The news for Koito Industries keeps getting worse. Yesterday, EASA told me it isn’t ruling out an airworthiness directive, after the Japanese firm falsified safety data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet. In advance of that, however, Airbus has just released an operators information telex (OIT) on the situation. OPERATORS INFORMATION TELEX – OPERATORS […]

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SAS Claims Bombardier Q400 Construction Error; Canadian Airframer Answers Back

SAS Group, which last year grounded its Bombardier Q400 fleet following three landing-gear incidents, issued a very bold statement this morning.Clearly not mincing words, SAS says that, following a thorough technical examination of the turboprops’ landing gear, it found problems in 63% of the SSV valves on the inspected aircraft, and cannot be blamed for […]

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