faa wants boeing plane insulation replaced - mylar insulation
WASHINGTON – U. S.
Aviation regulators said on Friday they advised airlines to replace or modify cabin insulation for up to 1,600 Boeing. (BA)
Worried about the risk of fire, the aircraft is flying around the world.
Federal Aviation Administration (search)
Proposed an airworthiness directive that will cover about $800S. -
Foreign aviation authorities usually use the FAA directive.
The FAA proposal will cover Boeing 727 and older models 737 and 757 and 767, with an estimated total cost of between $0. 2 billion and $0. 33 billion for six years.
All affected aircraft were manufactured between 1981 and 1988.
Boeing said it was on fire.
The flame retardant coating on the fiberglass insulation blanket decreases with age, but FAA officials say the test does not show that age is a factor.
Flame Sealing Products Co. , Ltd. (search)
Houston said in a statement earlier this month that it was working with Boeing to test a new fire
Anti-sealing materials sprayed on insulation materials, which is a cheaper alternative to alternatives.
To curb noise and improve climate control, the thermal blanket is placed between the exterior wall of the cabin and the inside of the fuselage.
The latest directive is not directly related to the FAA order of 2000, which requires the replacement of metallized Mela insulation on American Airlines over $600S.
Aircraft produced by meddle Corporation (search)
Boeing bought it in 1997.
The order was made in a Swiss airline crash near Nova Scotia on 1998.
Investigators believe that the insulation material helps to spread the MD-
Lost plane for 229 people