Neptune Aviation flies aerial tankers that were built for war to
combat hellish wildfires, but their toughest mission ever appears
to be navigating a federal bureaucracy that grounded the
Missoula-based firefighting force pending near-absolute proof that
its aging but well-maintained aircraft are airworthy.
AD NUMBER: 2004-16-14
MANUFACTURER: TA/RA VSI-TCAS indicators
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-16-14
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Thales AvionicsTA/RA VSI-TCAS
indicators, installed on but not limited to certain transport
category airplanes equipped with TCAS II change 7 computers (ACAS
II), that requires a revision to the airplane flight manual (AFM)
to advise the flight crew to follow the audio annunciation when an
RA fail message is triggered during a multi-aircraft encounter.