Andy Pasztor reported February 9, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal: that in the wake of Mr. Trump’s executive order putting all new and pending regulations on hold for 60 days, the Federal Aviation Administration’s normally low-profile, routine safety directives temporarily were held up by the freeze. The FAA has resumed issuing routine rules calling for safety fixes to aircraft, following a 19-day pause prompted by President Donald Trump’s government-wide regulatory freeze.
The first mandatory safety orders, called airworthiness directives, were published in the Federal Register at the start of this week and five more appeared for public inspection Thursday on the publication’s website. In January, before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, some two dozen such rules were released by the FAA.
The White House order allowed for exemptions due to urgent concerns about health, safety or national security, though it took time for the Trump team to determine that FAA airworthiness directives fell into one of those categories, according to people familiar with the process.
The urgent safety recommendation is based upon preliminary findings in the ongoing investigation of the July 29, 2016, in-flight breakup of a Piper PA-31T medical transport flight in California. Investigators found evidence of thermal damage near the airplane’s main electrical bus circuit breaker panel.
These ADs include wiring problems on Piper PA-31T light twin airplanes where the under-panel wiring can chafe on fuel and hydraulic lines, resulting in inflight fires, something you do not want to experience. Yet, it took some time for trump’s team to determine that aviation safety may be impaired even though the above aircraft broke up in flight, killing all om board.