Cubsrule wrote:kiowa wrote:Cubsrule wrote:
Maybe I'm missing something here, but given that the inspectors assigned to WN necessarily don't have a lot of ETOPS experience, isn't bringing in outsiders to help with ETOPS certifications likely both necessary and desirable?
Although I like the idea of bringing outside FAA people in to observe and evaluate rather than the local ones with a cozy history with Southwest, putting non-type rated pilots to evaluate is absurd and shoud never have happened. It would be like an pediatric doctor evaluating the skills of a knee replacement by an orthopedic surgeon. They both went to medical school but the evaluation would be worthless.
If the FAA really did "lower the bar" in order for Southwest to pass as the WSJ says, that would be very wrong. This is especially true as safety has been compromised with the entire 737 MAX relationship Boeing has had with the FAA.
I understand the sentiment, but is there any part of an ETOPS verification flight that would require a type rating in the relevant aircraft for acceptable evaluation?
I have participated in one ETOPS Validation flight and as I recall we had the following FAA airline personnel onboard.
Principal Maintenance Manager
Principal Avionics Manager
Principal Operations Manager
2 Cabin Safety Inspectors
Dispatch Inspector to monitor the flight planning, flight following process.
We had a number of people onboard to falicitate the cabin experience. All airline employees for his flight.
There may have been other supporting staff, but this was about 20 years ago.
I seem to recall that SWA hired the individual that oversaw the Alaska Ailrines ETOPS program. One would think they would have guided SWA around the mine field without many surprises.