posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 08:47 AM
Man this kind of idiocy never ceases to both amaze and scare me. But to be honest the real problem here isnt as you suggested Zaph some idiot at
Southwest or United taking minor maintenance manual procedure short cuts, it seems to be one of a systemically bad corporate culture. I am constantly
being made aware at work which carriers will routinely take short cuts and which dont, and it physically shows. When for instance was the last time
you saw a scrappy looking SIA aircraft? Answer: Almost never. You cant sadly say the same for carriers like UA. Im not trying to pick on any one
airline here (Hell my employer isnt perfect but we dont take safety short cuts EVER), but some do it right and some dont, and the problem and solution
is at the top of the corporate ladder.
As an example, I just did a 12hr night shift and things were pretty full tilt. I started the evening on a 767-300 rectifying A check defects, then
shot over to the terminal and did back to back transit checks on a 747-400 and a -400ER. After a real quick dinner I nocked off a bunch of issues we
found in the -400ER, filled out paperwork, chased parts etc etc. Now my point is that eventually my crew wound up at 04:45 in the morning carrying out
another A check walk through on another quite old -400, because we had to get the ball rolling and make a dent in the workload. We could have sat on
our butts and done nothing which would have been nice as we all looked like death, but we didnt. More importantly we did NOT take short cuts and
infact whilst I was very carefully carrying out main cabin door checks I added in several "to inspect" items that are not on the maintenance
amplification card, because it is the right thing to do. End result was that at 05:30 I was writing up a list of 10 defects on 5 doors and 2 of those
defects (condensation and water beading on the door window inner pane) are not on that check list. I was dead tired, under pressure but I did not rush
the job or take short cuts, and added in extra for the sake of safety. We are also short staffed have had corporate cost cutting, but the one thing we
never do is short change engineering safety. It both saddens and angers me that people do this kind of thing, and worries me that there is apparently
no one making sure that it doesnt.
People, nothing in this industry is worse than TV images of a big smoking hole in the ground surrounded by lots of bodies. How some airlines and
individuals can routinely be so careless has to make you wonder.
[edit on 5-4-2008 by thebozeian]