From The FAA

If something doesn’t feel right, please ask questions to comply with the regulations, before an FAA inspector comes to visit


You’re also contracted to de-ice the B-777 for Multinational Air. (Are you loving these names?) You ask: is an-airplane-just-an-airplane now? Sorry no, even if Conglomerate flies an identical B-777. Multinational Air has to either have Conglomerate’s deicing program approved for its fleet or you personally have to be trained to its program. And if you think that’s ridiculous, consider the fact that two separate airlines may fly the same model aircraft, but they’ll have significant differences, e.g. metal stabilizers versus composite stabilizers or ‘wet’ tails as opposed to ‘dry’.

People, these articles are just a taste, albeit they’re examples of serious flaws that I see regularly. Consequently ladies and gentlemen, you have to know the things your upper echelons might omit by accident … or, dare I say it’s possible, on purpose. So if something doesn’t feel right, please ask the questions. If you don’t, I’ll know; you’ll be the one walking around with a red, hand-shaped welt on your forehead. AMT

Stephen Carbone is an aviation industry veteran of 28 years. He works at the Boston regional office in the Flight Standards Airworthiness Technical Branch. He holds a master’s degree in aviation safety systems.

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