Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trump Executive Order Hurts Aviation Safety and Jobs

The trump is trampling on ground that is near and dear to my heart, commercial aircraft safety. I was an aircraft professional for over 35 years. Safety is something the vast majority of aircraft professionals take seriously, damn seriously. We know what's at stake. Remember that time half the roof of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 737 ripped off, sucking a stewardess out to never be seen again, and causing the aircraft to make an emergency landing? An airworthiness directive was initiated.

Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 737 
How about the time an Alaska Airlines MD-83 crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) north of Anacapa Island, California, after suffering a catastrophic loss of pitch control. An airworthiness directive was initiated. Those are just two examples of when an airworthiness directive was initiated because of an unknown design flaw or other problem being discovered the hard way. Many times An airworthiness directive is initiated because a mechanic, pilot or other professional aircraft personal discover a problem before it takes anyone's life.

People who work on aircraft have a saying. "You do your job in such a way that you would have no fear if your own mother were on board that craft." Safety is the #1 concern, then everything else comes next. That not only goes for the person with hands on the aircraft, but the people who are on the ground too. That brings to mind Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) Flight 182 that collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into North Park, a San Diego neighborhood. Flight 182 impacted just north of the intersection of Dwight and Nile, killing all 135 people aboard the aircraft and seven people on the ground in houses, including two children. I remember that because I was in college there and seen the smoke billowing up. My brother and I rushed from school because we thought it crashed into our house! It didn't, but never the less we seen the aftermath. Let me tell you something. It's not something you ever want to see. At the time it was the deadliest plane crash in U.S. aviation history. When is the last time you looked up and seen a commercial aircraft flying over your head?

Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) Flight 182 
My specialty was aircraft structures. I was even honored with the post of Chairman of the Department Safety Committee when working for Lockheed. I take this very personally. The trump is not only endangering all of us with his idiotic and unthinking action, he is effecting jobs in the aviation industry too! Take the example of the Alaska Airlines MD-83 that crashed into the Pacific Ocean. That was caused by the jack screw in the tail of the aircraft. Every last MD-83 in the fleet was required to have work done to it to correct the problem due to the issuance of an airworthiness directive. The same goes for the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 737 I mentioned. All Boeing 737's were required to undergo an extensive structural modification to correct the problem. All of that means people are working fixing the problem. I myself worked much overtime on Boeing 737's doing the modification. We were saving people's lives and making a living at the same time.

You know what the trump said about the "so-called" judge who blocked his emigration order. He said that if anyone is hurt because of it to blame the judge. I say the same of trump. If one drop of precious Human blood is shed because of an airworthiness directive not issued, that blood is on his hands. The terrible truth of the matter is, that blood could be your own mother's blood.

The trump is a fool! Me MUST be removed before he causes the death of many people. #trumpmustberemoved