The FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for certain Zodiac seating systems that may cause serious injury during forward impacts and may well set precedents in aircraft certification.
Airworthiness Directive requirements that go beyond what may be justified does not increase the airline’s safety margin. The FAA should consider including the value of SMS in implementing ADs at each carrier.
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