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United Grounds 757 Fleet for Unscheduled Maintenance

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Chicago, ILUnited Airlines has temporarily grounded no fewer than 96 of its Boeing 757 airplanes for what officials deemed as "unscheduled maintenance," CNN reported this morning. Although 15 flights were cancelled February 15—the day of the grounding—the airline indicated that operations should return to normal today.

The work was confined to the air data computers, according to a spokesperson for United. The maintenance, identified as a modification, was undertaken to ensure that pilots and other qualified members of the flight crew would have the capacity to override an over speed or stall warning that may have sounded in error.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called the action on United's part "voluntary," adding that the FAA would "follow up as necessary."

However, the spokesperson also said that the modification was required to bring the airline into compliance with an airworthiness directive issued by the FAA in 2004. The spokesperson gave no indication as to why the airline took more than six years to comply. United did not give an indication as to why such a high number of planes all had to be grounded on the same day, forcing cancellations.

It was also not indicated if the directive issued in 2004 pertained to compliance that was voluntary in nature only or if the airline voluntarily grounded its 757 fleet en masse yesterday to affect the modification all at once. The FAA did not indicate if it pressured United to comply, given the date of the original directive.

In an unrelated aside, the FAA predicts there will be one billion fliers a year in the US by 2021—a mere ten years out. Domestic air travel is expected to double from current levels within 20 years, the FAA said.

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This is NOTHING, yet, wait until you read actual UNTIED AIRLINES INC. Mechanics MANAGERS complaint to F.A.A.S.T, FAA, DOT all of their TESTIMONIES on UN TIED AIRLINES. COM WEBSITE, and how since the merge of Continental Airlines #1.) NOT a merge, but buyout, (employees were lied to) over and over again. UA coaching their new management to BREECH CONTRACTS, DURING not just a merge but after AND DURING VOTED UNION. Which ALL THOSE CONTRACTS were breached, fraudulent, forgery, coercion, to public and forcing all higher paid employees out of their jobs. Like myself. After working at CO for my first 18 years without ONE SINGLE PROBLEM EVER.
SO THE UA JUST PAYS State Labor Commission and FAA OFF TO SHUT THEM UP so the can keep ruining peoples lives, n lying to public.
Orchestrated things to happen to get rid of GOOD, TRUST WORTHY, DEDICATED, DEVOTED EMPLOYEES. Pushing them to now live on the streets, to be HOMELESS, like me.

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This article is inaccurate. United accomplished the air data computer modification required by the Airworthiness Directive in a timely fashion. What United had not accomplished was apparently a followup inspection also required by the AD. Despite the delay, United had not flown beyond the time limit given in the AD for accomplishing that inspection. To avoid being out of compliance with the AD requirement, they 'stormed' the inspection on their entire affected fleet. The alternative was a likely multi-million dollar fine from the FAA and even worse publicity. It was a failure of their maintenance scheduling system (which FAA will surely be looking closely at), but no aircraft were flown with unmodified air data computers, nor was the letter of the AD violated.

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