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On March 20, United Airlines grounded seven Boeing 747s after the F.A.A. said that a maintenance subcontractor, Korean Airlines, had used a faulty instrument to check cockpit altimeters.
But misgivings about maintenance are growing, especially because of the widespread airline outsourcing of maintenance that used to be done in-house.
Airlines’ use of so-called noncertificated maintenance sites around the world has grown sharply, he and other industry experts say. The sites could well be adequate, but have not yet been evaluated for F.A.A. certification.
The growing concern about airline maintenance was highlighted last year in an investigation by Consumer Reports in March 2007 that found two trends profoundly affecting the safety margins: outsourcing of maintenance work and a change in the way the FAA regulates air carriers.
In recent years, more and more heavy maintenance work has been conducted not by the airlines themselves, but by outside repair stations, some of them overseas. At the same time, the FAA is increasingly relying on airlines to police themselves. The FAA uses a statistical system to identify potential problems instead of on-the ground inspections, as in the past.
Originally posted by RabbitChaser
However, my larger question is why the hell would this work be outsourced to non FAA approved facilities abroad if we are so GD concerned about terrorism