Look The Other Way Essay

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In aviation we are constantly reminded to do the right thing and place safety first in every aspect of aircraft operations. This holds especially true in aviation maintenance. A maintenance error on the ground can prove fatal once the aircraft is in the air. After all, there are no breakdown lanes in the sky. That being said, airlines and corporate flight departments are in the business of making money. Naturally, the more time an aircraft sits on the ground the more money the airline or corporation loses. As a result of a poor economy, aviation companies are now more than ever are making efforts to increase productivity of their maintenance departments in an effort to reduce aircraft down time. This means they allot less time for …show more content…
Factors can include but are not limited to, fatigue, complacency, stress, and time constraints. According to the FAA, eighty percent of all maintenance mistakes involve human factors. (Adams) Eighteen percent of aircraft accidents are maintenance related. The reality is no matter how experienced the mechanic, they are human. As humans we are imperfect, and capable of committing error. One may ask, how can these errors go undetected? Mechanics are trained in school and through out their careers to be exact and meticulous about their work. There are manuals, data and procedures available for reference when performing virtually any maintenance task. And when a task is complete an inspector more often than not, is required to inspect the work performed. In a perfect world maintenance personnel would follow these fundamental guidelines and there would never be another maintenance related error or accident. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and there are other factors involved that may cloud or alter mechanics judgment and actions. There are deadlines to be met, money to be made and their simply is not enough time to address problems. Mechanics inadvertently are conditioned to get through jobs quickly in the name of efficiency. While the approach looks good on paper, it presents quite differently in reality. I the quick and “efficient” approach to maintenance, the mechanic will hastily inspect and perform

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