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FAA Inspectors Raise Questions At NW  
User currently offlineDerik737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 333 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1778/5646290.html

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.

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Quoting Derik737 (Thread starter):
I also know for a fact they are using at least 2 finance personnel that do NOT have A&P's to fix airplanes.

I'm sure the FAA would find that very interesting, if you can prove it . . . quite an allegation you've made . . .


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Quoting Derik737 (Thread starter):
I also know for a fact they are using at least 2 finance personnel that do NOT have A&P's to fix airplanes.

Fat lot of good it does you to tell us that... If this is true, you should report it to the FAA with all of your sources.


User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Ah, yes, be the 'anonymous' whistleblower. That's gone over extremely well in the past.

Google "Tim Hafer"


User currently offlineDerik737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 333 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 2):
Fat lot of good it does you to tell us that... If this is true, you should report it to the FAA with all of your sources

Why? It's not illegal as long as a A&P mechanic signs off the work. I know a 3rd party facility that was using prisoners for airplane work (low risk of course).

My point was the fact that NW is not being honest when it says "experienced mechanics" and how desperate they must be to use personnel from other departments.


User currently offlineRAMPRAT980 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 600 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

A & P mechanic ? What exactly does an A&P stand for ?


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User currently offlineDerik737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 333 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Quoting RAMPRAT980 (Reply 5):
A & P mechanic ? What exactly does an A&P stand for ?

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.


User currently offlineDl1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2108 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.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7553 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2064 times:

I guess this is scary, since several pilots that I have talked to at NW said that they replacementns do a better job then the ones that were there before.


"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
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