Issue with a320 neo (Indigo, Air India Vistara and Go)
(DGCA), which will not issue its own Airworthiness Directive (AD) to airlines in this regard, has asked Indian operators of Airbus A320 Neo family planes, including A32 Neo, to follow a 31 July directive by European civil aviation regulator, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The EASA directed airlines operating similar planes to limit center of gravity envelope of the aircraft by limiting cargo intake inside the plane so that this problem doesn’t arise on such aircraft during flight.
To implement this directive, Indian operators of Airbus A320 Neo planes will have to keep the rearmost of its five cargo compartment empty to prevent an excessive rear centre of gravity which could lead to the aircraft to a nose dive under certain conditions. This will bring down the total cargo capacity of such airlines by atleast 1.5 tonnes. more