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Old 11-28-2011, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting story about how an Air France A-340 was flying around on passenger service with multiple screws loose on its wing after maintainence. How Ironic. Yet they said this would have not compromised the safety of the plane. Now if something really did happen as a result of the missing and loose screws, then lots of fingers would be pointed.

Air France passenger plane grounded in U.S. after ground crews noticed 30 screws were missing from wing | Mail Online
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Reminds me of the story of the company developing a new plane;

The factory where they made the planes was on a site adjacent to the premises of a manufacturer of toilet paper.

Every test flight of the new plane resulted in the wings falling off and the crew parachuting safely to the ground.
They tried all sorts of engineering solutions and permutations, always with the same result - the wings falling off.

All of the R & D and test flights were observed by the guy who owned the toilet paper factory.

One day he made his way over to the plane factory and was chatting with the owner just as another test unit crashed to the ground without its wings.

The toilet paper guy asked if he might make a suggestion as to how they might overcome their engineering problems.

"Sure" said the plane guy "we've tried everything we can think of".
"What you should do is drill a row of holes all the way across the wing at the point where it is attached to the fuselage"
"That sounds crazy" said the plane manufacturer, "but since we've nothing to lose, we'll give it a try"

So, the next test flight was undertaken in such a plane, with holes drilled across the wing as instructed.

The plane took off, circled and landed with no problems, wings still intact and attached.

"This is a miracle" enthused the owner of the plane "How did you know it would work?"

"Well, as the manufacturer of toilet paper, I know that it never ever tears along the perforated line".
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1/3 of the screws missing? Makes you wonder what the number is before it's considered serious.
"Air France have blamed aircraft mechanics in the Chinese city of Xiamen, were the airline's jets are often serviced because of lower costs." Need any more be said?
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is called "cutting corners" but at the potential peril of passengers and crew though?
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is the "race to the bottom" as Boeing and Airbus fight each other to build and fix airplanes in China where labor is really really cheap.

Once they fire all their American and European workers who the heck is going to buy all those airline tickets?
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is the "race to the bottom" as Boeing and Airbus fight each other to build and fix airplanes in China where labor is really really cheap.

Once they fire all their American and European workers who the heck is going to buy all those airline tickets?
Everybody with a few screws loose, of course.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not the screws holding the wing on, but plastic fairing between the wing and fuselage. Worst case scenario: The fairing flies off and hits the tail.
Even so, probably not fatal, it will only dent the leading edge of the horizontal or vertical tail.

I have lost pieces of airplanes several times.
Cheap maintenance to cut costs so as to sell cheaper tickets so as to compete with the low-cost carriers who out-source their maintenance to third world countires with 1 inspector and 50 peons with a tool-kit..

After de-regulation everybody wants $25.00 tickets and the corners will be cut here and there, get used to it..
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Thes cut-corners will catch up to these airlines at some point you know.
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Not the screws holding the wing on, but plastic fairing between the wing and fuselage. Worst case scenario: The fairing flies off and hits the tail.
Even so, probably not fatal, it will only dent the leading edge of the horizontal or vertical tail.

I have lost pieces of airplanes several times.
Cheap maintenance to cut costs so as to sell cheaper tickets so as to compete with the low-cost carriers who out-source their maintenance to third world countires with 1 inspector and 50 peons with a tool-kit..

After de-regulation everybody wants $25.00 tickets and the corners will be cut here and there, get used to it..
I'm not thrilled when pieces fall off a boat and I'm at sea level.
I've gotten to where I won't fly if it's not absolutely necessary (car, train or boat aren't available options) and someone else is paying. Between the cost and the annoying fees, the security checks and the cramped seating (even in first). Forget the tarmac delays, and then they can't give you more than a cracker? Now add to that "Maintained In China" and it becomes 'I want to fly why?'
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Here is more bad aviation from earlier this month...An Air India Express flight nearly ended in death as the pilot made a quartet or the worst aviation decisions. Luckily everyone onboard walked away and only the Boeing 737 was damaged.

Air India Express pilot flirts with danger 4 times, grounded - The Times of India
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thes cut-corners will catch up to these airlines at some point you know.
Yup and it started a long time ago: Remember Value Jet?
They made pilots pay to get a job there to keep cost down, $10,000.00 for each position and only pilots who could not get a job anywhere else would pay to play. The captain on the DC-9 that crashed in the Everglades was an Eastern scab and unable to get employment without crossing picket lines or paying $10K to get hired.
Something wrong with the background or qualifications perhaps?

Quite a few carriers fly to China for heavy checks and some US low-cost do their maintenance in El Salvador.

Third-World Mechanics Paid $2 Per Hour For Boeing, Airbus Jet... | www.kirotv.com
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I'm not thrilled when pieces fall off a boat and I'm at sea level.
Well, nothing is perfect and you don't really need all them bits and pieces anyways..

One time I lost a panel on top of the wing on a 747 the size of a King size bed: Heard a muffled bang but found nothing wrong and pressed on.
Landed in Panama City and the flight engineer stepped out on the jet bridge to have a smoke and discovered the gaping hole on top of the wing.

Another time I was leaving Miami for Bogota and heard an unusual noise right at V-1. Hit a bird perhaps but all the engine parameters was normal so we pressed on.
Halfway there ATC (air traffic control) told us on the radio that there was bits and pieces on the runway we had departed from and it could be from our airplane. After landing we found the cowling on # 2 engine missing.
03:00 conference call with the bosses, the FAA and myself.

Aye, got more stories, but too early for flying stories, point is, you don't need all the bits and pieces to fly, just a few of them..
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An Air India Express flight nearly ended in death as the pilot made a quartet or the worst aviation decisions.
Make sure you read all the comments before throwing rocks at the guy.
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This is the Yachtforums' "Yacht Club forum".

Whenever I've posted in this particular forum in the past, I've always understood that a certain amount of 'leeway' was allowed. That some posters may have consumed a rum & coke too many etc.

Yet, here we have Yacht News, starting a new thread about airplanes, as if there was nothing else worth talking about concerning yachts anymore?! By all means, and why not, I've already poured myself a Scotch?!

But may I suggest that anyone here with any serious contributions to this thread affiliated to an aviation content, refer to say, this site, before embarassing anyone else here on YachtForums...?!

In particular, Yacht News. Let him / her combat the simplicities / ignorances etc. of the original post and before an audience which has some true expertise in the subject...?!
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Airship... I almost feel like editing your post just to clean up the crankiness.

The YF Yacht Club is for "Off-Topic Scuttlebutt..." as the sub heading indicates. Within reason and good judgment we can pretty much chat about whatever we want in here.
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