As a follow-up to the July 12 fire in a parked and unoccupied Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 at London Heathrow Airport, FAA on Wednesday issued a final rule and airworthiness directive (AD) for US airlines to inspect 3,832 Honeywell emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) installed on US aircraft. The order, which becomes effective Oct. 3, “requires various one-time general visual inspections of the ELT transmitter units (TUs), and corrective actions if necessary,” according ...

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