Some scary stuff. A&P's trying to change a brake fresh out of A&P school (I thought NW said they hired experienced mechanics), engine blades not being properly repaired (and dispatched by NW because they were going to replace it in the future) among other items.
I also know for a fact they are using at least 2 finance personnel that do NOT have A&P's to fix airplanes.
There are two licenses mechanics must hold to sign off all types of discrepancies on airplanes. A=Airframe. P=Powerplant. A mechanic can hold just an A or P license but cannot sign off work related to the one he does not have.
I think the FAA is behind the times and should have an avionics type of license. Airlines have traditionally viewed the FCC license as a "equivalent" to an avionics license, but in fact, there is only a written test for the FCC license and it can be memorized in the "crash courses" offered.
Dl1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
FAA oversite of airline mtc is a bit of a joke. The FAA has a dual mandate, promote aviation and the oversight of safety. How can you both without compromising either? You can't. Add to that being understaffed and the political element and it's really just a show. They will go after an individual but will pretty much leave the companies alone.
Just look at the Inspector that was raising issues with NW, he was reassigned. A company that I do some work for complained about 1 of the FAA Inspectors that was raising some concerns and that Inspector was beat down. Never hear a peep from them anymore.
Expecting the FAA to protect your safety is like expecting FEMA to organize a hurricane response.