FAA just released two airworthiness directives related to fuel--one for Boeing 737-900ERs (2010-24-01
) and one for Airbus A340-500s and -600s (2010-23-27
The A340 AD follows one EASA issued earlier to identify and correct faults with the aircraft's main fuel pumps. The FAA AD becomes effective Dec. 9.
The 737-900ER AD take effect Dec. 29 and requires operators to inspect for a "keyway in two fuel tank access door cutouts." FAA says if a crack exists in this area and isn't found, structural failure of the wing could occur.
There's never a dull moment for inspectors.