A380 engine inspections may be doing more harm than good

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  1. Chimpy
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    Chimpy Gold Member

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    From the SMH


    Europe's air safety regulator has lifted the requirement for frequent, repetitive engine inspections of Rolls-Royce engines fitted to the Airbus A380 superjumbo, partly out of concern the inspections could now be doing more harm than good.
    In the wake of the engine explosion under the wing of Qantas flight QF32 on November 4, the European Aviation Safety Agency required that Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines fitted to Airbus A380s be inspected for oil leaks every 20 to 100 flights.
    The relaxation comes despite Australian safety investigators launching new investigations into oil leaks in two Trent 900 engines on separate Qantas planes last month.
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  2. Pinkmoose
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    This sounds really strange (after reading the full article). It states that by removing the tubing where the oil leaks are supposed to have occured, you can actually crack the tube, causing it to fail.

    Wouldn't you have thought that Rolls Royce would have spent a bit more money and put in something made from a stronger or more resiliant material?
  3. Mal
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    Presume that mistake was done by ALAEA licenced mechanics at an Australian facility., otherwise a certain Steve Purvinas would have been all over the media pointing it out!!

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