FAA Safety Oversight of Aircraft Repair Facilities Faulted

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    The government's oversight of hundreds of domestic and overseas repair stations that service U.S. airliners is ineffective and doesn't target the factors most likely to present safety risks, the Department of Transportation's inspector general said Monday.

    Read article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/faa-oversight_n_3223057.html
     
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    I first saw this as a filler piece in today's L.A. Times, which mentioned that repair facilities "couldn’t account for tools, document the training of their mechanics and prove work had been done properly":

    Aircraft repair shops criticized

    Oversight of aircraft repair stations by U.S. aviation regulators is marred by inspectors who haven’t been trained and a system that can’t identify the areas of highest risk, according to a government audit.

    Independent repair shops, used increasingly by airlines trying to cut costs, couldn’t account for tools, document the training of their mechanics and prove work had been done properly, said the report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general.

    The report is the latest by government auditors to raise questions about how the Federal Aviation Administration oversees repair shops.
     

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