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Southwest maintnenance? ...........

Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Richard Wyeroski, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    So where does Southwest, Delta, American, Jet-Blue and many others...do their heavy maintnenance? Most importantly,who does the oversight for the government?

    So the investigation begins and it is shocking that airlines fly empty to China and El Salvador and other third world country Maintnenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities MRO's to save big bucks on maintnenance. The difference could be staggering .....like 30-40-50% cheaper.

    The problem is the FAA can not and does not do routine inspections on these facilities.

    Last year the FAA has shut down the last of their International Field Offices IFO's. These offices had the responsibility to inspect overseas facilities like Aeroman, a very low cost popular third world country MRO....in El Salvador.

    So, let the investigation begin!!!

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  2. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    BTW.........Airline maintnenance is getting dangerous and the FAA only responds when there is an accident. Well now we have one. If no one gets killed then the investigation is done quietly and life goes on. Nothing really changes. In this case the FAA now has to give answers to the public. I have said that incidents and emergency returns are increasing and maintnenance failures are the cause.

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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ... until the "regulator" is held accountable for their shortcomings, the public will continue to face a "Russian roulette" with safety. SMS/SAS and compliance philosophy give the operators "free reign" with safety.

    It's time for the "biggly one" to hold the "regulator" accountable and get them back to their "core" mission.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    When the first fan blade failure happened in 2016, Ironically to Southwest, the NTSB recommended to have the engine inspected. The FAA did not comply. Now there is a S/B or AD coming out to inspect fan blades. All airlines with these engines are now starting to comply. The biggest problem is IMO, is many airlines do heavy inspections overseas to save money. Southwest,Delta, JetBlue, to name a few, send their aircraft overseas saving 30-50%. I cannot believe that this is safe. Something has to be done.

    Our great aviation industry is shrinking losing over 20,000 maintnenance jobs. Our airline Certificated mechanics has dropped from 72,000 mechanics to under 50,000 and dropping !
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ....even if they put something out, it's going to take them two weeks to get the official paperwork out. Supposedly, in the meantime SWA will be inspecting the engines. This inspection is more involved than just looking at the blades.

    It's time to get the "regulator" out from behind the computer and do their job. SAD!!!
     

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