Monday, April 7, 2008
BTC Concerned about Airline Maintenance
Key survey findings include:
• Sixty-five (65) percent of survey participants were completely unaware that airworthiness-critical maintenance on aircraft is being performed at non FAA-certificated repair facilities around the world, facilities that FAA often does not know exist.
• Ninety-four (94) percent of participants are very concerned or somewhat concerned about the overall aircraft maintenance and FAA oversight situation.
• Forty (40) percent are less willing to fly due to current aircraft maintenance issues.
• Thirteen (13) percent have skipped recent flights due to maintenance concerns.
• Twenty-five (25) percent indicate they are very likely or fairly likely to skip future flights.
• Sixty-five (65) percent would find it useful to know, at the time of booking a flight, information regarding where an aircraft was last maintained, or routinely maintained.
• Eighty-two (82) percent would find useful a “scorecard” that rated airlines’ overall maintenance programs.
• Seventy-five (75) percent would book an airline that maintained its aircraft at its own facilities, with FAA-certificated mechanics and FAA oversight, over another airline that outsourced its aircraft maintenance.
• Eighty-two (82) percent are very concerned or somewhat concerned about the environmental impact of toxic wastes from heavy aircraft maintenance being dumped into the ground or rivers, or about airplanes are being flown empty to and from foreign countries for maintenance.
• Eighty-three (83) percent would find very useful or somewhat useful an independent and expert top-to-bottom strategic review of FAA with respect to its mission, structure, financing, culture and possible systemic problems.
• Sixty-two (62) percent believe homeland security and passenger safety-related issues associated with aircraft maintenance outsourcing should be addressed by Presidential candidates.
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