Skip to comments.DOT Inspector General Warns Of Non-Certified Airline Maintenance _(its not only the food)
Posted on 07/31/2007 3:39:15 AM PDT by Flavius
ULY 23, 2007 -- Lawmakers and watchdogs are ringing the alarm on domestic carriers' use of foreign repair stations for aircraft maintenance and repairs. A U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General report released last month said airlines increasingly are outsourcing aircraft maintenance, and gaps remain in Federal Aviation Administration supervision of some repair stations that they use.
"We have emphasized that the issue is not where maintenance is performed, but that maintenance requires effective oversight," DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said in the report.
Based on a review of 19 U.S.-based carriers' maintenance vendor lists, the Inspector General found that all the carriers have used repair stations that have not been certified by FAA. "We identified over 1,400 non-certificated repair facilities performing maintenance, and more than 100 of these facilities were located in foreign countries," the Inspector General's report noted. "FAA's efforts to improve its oversight in this area are still underway."
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another source has the repairs done in wonderful overseas facilities at 67% up from 16% in the 1960's yay yay yay
from another source
They’re just replacing the T-104-A/C Throttle Body Controller Sub-Assemblies on the GE/CF34-10A Engines that Americans don’t want to replace.
It never mattered Who fixed a problem, but it always mattered Who inspected and signed off on the repair of a problem. Everything else is bulls$it. One FAA certified A&P on the payroll makes a hanger a repair station, (After buckets of paperwork) but a line A&P with an out of date caliper calibration in his tool box, untouched since being calibrated, still gives the FAA authority to shut down the repair station. It's always procedure over practicality with the FAA. It keeps the lawsuits at bay, gov't employees employed and politicians preferring private aircraft.
After spending 14 years at GE Aircraft Engines, I can state you are right on.
Ok, this isn’t food. But would your China ping be interested?
The rule of thumb for water is, one should be able to swim before traveling by ship or boat.
That doesn’t translate too well with me for flying :)
Nor, do I fly well, always land too hard.
When I think of all the reports that are connected to bad mechanical work, it scares me.
Doesn’t the Jones Act dictate the max frequency and scope of repairs made out-of-country?
On thing I didn’t get from this article was the nature of these repairs. Are we talking engine maintenance, or switching out the actuator for the septic tank relief valve sort of thing?
They’re crying about the lack of oversight, so the type of maintenance isn’t too relevant to their complaint. Engine maintenance or bluewater flush, it’s all the same.
FAA paper trails; if they don’t go as far back as Leonardo Da Vinci’s glider, I’d be shocked! :-)