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FAA Memo Details Maintenance Concerns At Northwest  
User currently onlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3143 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Courtesy: Minnesota Public Radio

FAA Memo Details Maintenance Concerns At Northwest

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.or.../07_zdechlikm_faamemo/?rsssource=1

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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

[/quote]In one instance, a line maintenance manager couldn't find the right switches to conduct an engine check on an Airbus A-320. The manager, according to the inspector, acknowledged he had never performed an engine run on a live A320 and had only recently been trained on a simulator.[/quote]
There's a first time for everything but there is also a checklist smartguy!  Smile

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A replacement mechanic was unsure how to close the passenger entry door on a Boeing 757.

I'd like to say I've seen flight attendants who looked like they didn't know what they were doing with the cabin doors but I honestly cannot say that I have!

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Another failed to set the brakes on a plane, as required, to assess the condition of brake wear pins.

Once again why the aviation world both in the flightdeck and in maintenance use checklists and pubs. Sounds like a brainfart but again, that shouldn't have happened.

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Lund also details an incident in which human waste spilled into the electrical equipment bay of a DC-10 because of a broken lavatory duct. The bay houses flight and navigational equipment. In that case, according to the inspector's memo, a Northwest manager wanted to clear the aircraft for a flight to Hawaii but the FAA stepped in to ensure the plane was properly cleaned and checked.

Sounds like the mech decided the spill was not that big none of the equipment was compromised but the FAA inspector decided to have the aircraft "properly" taken care of as they should have. It still would have been safe but when your doing maintenance on an aircraft there should only be one right way to doing things and no place for cutting corners.

[/quote]"We had received complaints that the inspector was intimidating Northwest replacement workers, was unprofessional in his conduct and exceeded his authority," says Martin, "so we are also investigating those charges."[/quote]Sounds like my boss in the Marines at my first squadron - but he had a rhyme to his madness, what's Lund's intent?

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"I would not at this point advise anyone to not fly Northwest, based entirely upon the assurance that I've been given by the FAA. I'm not qualified to advise anybody about safety matters other than rely on the expertise of those that have been established carrying out those responsibilities, but again I've been given that assurance by the highest person responsible for those reviews and decisions, the FAA administrator," says Dayton.

That says it all folks - if the FAA seriously thought NW was operating unsafely they already would have stepped in and done something.

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Minnesota Public Radio News also furnished the memo to aviation consultant Jim Hall, the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Hall called the memo well-documented. He says the concerns it raises are serious and warrant a high level of attention from the FAA.

"What the memorandum does is it raises questions about the training that these individuals received before they were put in line responsibilities," says Hall.

It seriously attacks the credibility of the Federally issued A&P license. Let's just say that kind of BS doesn't happen in the military aviation maintenance.

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"When I was in government I always paid close attention to whistle blowers. While sometimes people consider them a thorn in the side, many times they're very conscientious individuals who are trying to do their job," says Hall.

Equally disturbing would be why none of the other FAA inspectors said anything about any of this - if in fact it needed to be said that is.


User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

Pretty damning. I'm wondering whether - given that the fox appears to guard the henhouse at the FAA - the increased inspectors is really a chance for NW to "stack the deck" in its favor.

User currently offlineDerik737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 333 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
what's Lund's intent?

Since I know him personally from the past, I would say his intent is to make sure the job is done correctly for the safety of the crew and passengers.

Mark definitely isn't afraid to speak his mind to anyone if something demands attention (including superiors); that's one of the reasons I respect him. Mark came from a 135/121 airline environment before joining the FAA and knows his stuff when it comes to performing proper aircraft maintenance.


User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Quoting Derik737 (Reply 3):
Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
what's Lund's intent?

Since I know him personally from the past, I would say his intent is to make sure the job is done correctly for the safety of the crew and passengers.

Mark definitely isn't afraid to speak his mind to anyone if something demands attention (including superiors); that's one of the reasons I respect him. Mark came from a 135/121 airline environment before joining the FAA and knows his stuff when it comes to performing proper aircraft maintenance.

I have to be more careful with my posts before I submit them and let those quotes go "unquoted" but...

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intimidating Northwest replacement workers, was unprofessional in his conduct and exceeded his authority

That's certainly not part of the duties of an FAA inspector and I can assure you would not fly with me or many of the mechs I used to work with.

I guess that is why the FAA is investigating these allegations, but the person you describe doesn't sound like the same one this article was mentioning so I'll give you that. Just have to wait and see what happens.

Even if the alegations prove to be true, I would be unsatisfied with the rest of the FAA inspectors for not doing their job like they should - like your friend Lund did. But again, we'll just have to wait and see what the final reports have to say about this and even then may continue to wonder what actually took place.


User currently offlineDerik737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 333 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

I'm very interested to see what the investigation leads to.

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 4):
like your friend Lund did

I should clarify that when I said I know him personally. it wasn't as a friend. He's my old boss from an airline I worked at in the past. He is only "initimdating" since he knows his stuff.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
It seriously attacks the credibility of the Federally issued A&P license. Let's just say that kind of BS doesn't happen in the military aviation maintenance.

Exactly what sort of "BS" does not occur in military aviation?


User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):
It seriously attacks the credibility of the Federally issued A&P license.

It does nothing of the sort. The A&P certificate is a general certificate, like a pilot certificate. A pilot knows how to fly an airplane, but they would be lost if you tossed them into a large airplane with no additional training. Same thing goes for the A&P. The article is suggesting that Northwest gave inadequate training on their aircraft and procedures.



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