US FAA's recent proposal to require airframe manufacturers to place life limits on their transport aircraft has sparked little industry response to date, although it marks a sea change in the way aircraft are regulated. The agency published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on April 18 requiring design approval holders to "establish operational limits on transport category airplanes" in order to prevent "widespread fatigue damage" of the type that led to the April 1988 ...

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