LCDR Richard Thousand, Aviation Maintenance Officer, Naval Safety Center
I'm not very good at candy-coating things, so I won't even try. The best way to get your point across is to tell it like it is. So here it goes. This could end up being one of the worst years in recent history for maintenance-related Class Alphas. As I write this piece, we are currently at 15 Class A mishaps with one quarter remaining in FY14. Of the 15, two are definitely maintenance-related, with the possibility of four more. We'll know more as the investigations progress. This is not the direction we need to be going in. I would like to think that this year is just a fluke and that there are better days ahead.
Please take a look at the mishap stats printed in this edition. The numbers may have changed, but the causal factors remain the same. Failure to follow publications and lack of supervision continue to be our top contributing factor in all maintenance-related mishaps. They account for more of the mishaps than all the other factors added together. In fact, they account for over 70 percent of the maintenance mishaps this year. Now, ask yourself this question: "With proper supervision, would failure to follow publications even be a factor?"
I know we will never be perfect. But, if you don't strive for perfection, you'll never even come close.
Thanks for all the inputs from the fleet. Enjoy this issue of your Mech magazine.
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|Date:||Jun 22, 2014|
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