To Ground or Not to Ground

The FAA and Southwest and American Airlines

The inspector also cited AAL for having some clamps that were securing the cable facing the wrong way. Because of these two key items the fleet was grounded. Here we have governmental stupidity at its finest! What more can we expect from such nonsense …?

Air Transport Association Safety Chief, Basil Barimo said it most succinctly . . . ”if aircraft are going to be put on the ground it should be because of legitimate safety concerns, and not just because of some administrative constraints.”

Be careful and watch out for the administrative constraints. Comments to

Stephen P. Prentice is an attorney whose practice involves FAA-NTSB issues. He has an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and is an ATP rated pilot. He worked with Western Airlines and the Allison Division of GMC in Latin America, servicing commercial and military overhaul activities and is a USAF veteran. E-mail:

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