RETURN TO FLIGHT

Archive Story : 5-09-01

FULL CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY PRESS RELEASE on Return of the CofA

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and French Direction General de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) announced today that the manufacturer's package of changes has been approved, which will allow the return of the Certificates of Airworthiness to the Concorde fleet.

This decision paves the way for Concorde to return to commercial service. Once the changes are completed on each individual aircraft the regulatory authorities can return its Certificate of Airworthiness. Commercial operations can then resume at the discretion of the airlines.

Both the CAA and DGAC have issued a mandatory Airworthiness Directive detailing the required changes. These include:

Commenting on the decision the CAA's Head of Design and Production Standards, Mike Bell, said: 'Todayıs decision is the culmination of a concerted effort by the manufacturer and operators to tackle the issues raised by last yearıs tragic accident, and to return Concorde to service.'

'As an independent specialist regulator, the CAA has monitored all the work and the modifications very closely and is now satisfied that the changes will prevent any future catastrophic accident such as occurred at Paris.'

The accident investigators have stated that they expect no further significant findings from the Paris accident which would have a bearing on these modifications. On this basis both the CAA and DGAC have taken the decision to allow the aircraft to return to service prior to the publication of the final accident report.

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