DELAYS FOUND IN GOVERNMENT INSPECTIONS OF SERIOUS MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 20, 2010 14:40

DELAYS FOUND IN GOVERNMENT INSPECTIONS OF SERIOUS MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS

A report from the US Congress has found that there are a number of weaknesses in the Federal Aviation Administration’s airline maintenance oversight program. The report, which was seen by the Associated Press, has found that inspections to uncover serious maintenance problems are often delayed for years or focus on less critical problems.

An FAA spokeswoman has confirmed that the agency has already made several changes to its inspection program that address problems raised by the inspector general, including a process to track overdue or incomplete assessments and ensure proper follow-up.

The report claimed that the program that assesses an airline’s overall maintenance policies and procedures, which is supposed to be conducted every five years, is often delayed for as much as eight years.

The shortcomings were disclosed by an DAA whistleblower.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 20, 2010 14:40
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