Airbus opts against broad ELT advisory

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Airbus is not issuing any advisory to operators to check emergency locator transmitters in the global fleet, despite Boeing's decision to ask carriers to inspect the devices in types other than the 787.

Boeing has asked operators of aircraft fitted with Honeywell ELTs to carry out the inspections in order to gather data, after UK investigators suspected such a transmitter was linked to a fire in an Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London Heathrow.

But Airbus has refrained from issuing any similar request to carriers operating its own aircraft.

"Our own records do not show any incident like this affecting Airbus aircraft," says the airframer.

"Nevertheless, as a precautionary measure, we will do an additional review of the integration of the device in order to determine if there is a need to apply any lessons learnt from the [UK investigators'] findings."

Europe's safety authority has amended its minimum-equipment regulation for the Boeing 787 in order to achieve consistency with a US FAA directive to check ELTs in the type.

Under the terms of the FAA directive, 787 operators have been instructed to remove or inspect Honeywell ELTs.

But while the FAA-approved master minimum equipment list for the 787 allows the ELT to be inactive for 90 days, the European Aviation Safety Agency's corresponding documentation is different.

EASA allows the ELT to be inoperative as long as repairs are made within six flights or 25 flight hours.

It says it is "revising" its accepted 787 master minimum equipment list document in order to ensure that the FAA measures are implemented "in an effective manner".