The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) launched information sessions to support the implementation phase of the ageing aircraft structure rule, which was published on August 06, 2020 by the European Commission, refer to Regulation (EU) 2020/1159.
This Regulation amends the additional airworthiness specifications contained within Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/640 (Part 26) with respect to three topics that EASA proposed through opinions 12/2016 for ageing aircraft structures and 04/2019 for reduction of runway excursion and conversion of class D cargo compartments.
The ‘ageing aircraft’ rule addresses safety risks related to ageing phenomena in the structures of large aeroplanes. These risks include fatigue of the basic type design, widespread fatigue damage (WFD), corrosion, fatigue of changes and repairs, and continued operation with unsafe levels of fatigue cracking. Design approval holders are required to develop data to support continuing structural integrity programmes for specific categories of large aeroplanes. At the same time, operators of those aeroplanes need to revise their aircraft maintenance programmes to incorporate those data and to address the adverse effects of changes and repairs on each airframe and its associated maintenance requirements.