The Federal Aviation Administration continues to struggle with the more than 680 older Bombardier CRJ 200s in the U.S. fleet that have incurred flap problem as airworthiness directives, issued in 2007, failed to fix a growing number of flap failures. Related Story
The earlier ADs called for operating restrictions in cold weather to eliminate flap failures but FAA
recently issued a further AD calling for further inspections, parts replacement and new simulator training to cope with the impact of flap failures. The agency also clarified flight restrictions including speed for flap failures. There are nearly 1,000 such jets in operation worldwide which could face similar directives.