§ Lord Astor of Hever
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What systematic assessment they have made of prospective metal fatigue as a determinant of safe in-service lives for military transport aircraft. [HL1412]
§ Lord Bach
Transport aircraft in service with the UK Armed Forces are designed and certified to strict airworthiness standards. These require the aircraft designer to specify the safe "in-service" life of each aircraft prior to the aircraft being released into service.
The structural integrity of the aircraft, which includes the fatigue life of the aircraft structure, is maintained by adherence to the procedures detailed within military airworthiness regulations.