RETURN TO FLIGHT

Archive Story : 20-08-01

The Certificate of Airworthiness should be returned to correctly modified aircraft by the end of August

British and French aviation authorities said on Monday they would issue airworthiness certificates to Concorde operators British Airways and Air France before the end of this month.

The Anglo-French working group-- which includes the two airlines, manufacturers and transport officials from both countries -- has been studying test data from British Airways Concorde G-BOAF that has already been modified and flown in a series of supersonic verification flights.

"The group has noted that the directive of airworthiness is likely to be restored... probably before the end of August," a UK transport ministry spokesman told Reuters, referring to an Anglo-French working party reviewing the proposed changes.

A spokesman for Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said that as soon as the changes were made to the Concorde fleet, they would be allowed to resume commercial flights on an aircraft by aircraft basis. In a statement issued by the French transport ministry and the French civil aviation authority DGAC, the working party said: "It has noted with statisfaction that the suspension of airworthiness certificates for the Concordes is on the way to being simultaneously lifted by the CAA and the DGAC, probably before the end of the month of August 2001."

The aircraft's makers -- European aerospace group EADS and Airbus SAS -- lodged final modifications plans with the aviation authorities on August 15. Airbus is partly owned by Britain's BAE Systems.

The working group also said that they have no further outstanding issues that would require them to meet again.

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