Category: Safety

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip April 2011

Maintenance Safety Tip Notice Number: NOTC2911 Hardware Over the years, I have come into contact with many different types of aircraft hardware. Someone who is newer to the trade or a layman might think that what they are looking at is just a bolt or nut. That statement, as you know, could not be further…

NTSB Reports Flaws In 737 Rivets

While the NTSB update was purely factual, with no analysis, The New York Times said that according to experts, the findings may reveal manufacturing defects. “It means the assembly was wrong, it means the wrong tools were used, it means they were careless in drilling the holes, and maybe the drill was dull,” John J.…

Duty Time Limit and FAR 121.377

Many members have asked about Duty Time Limits and a letter of interpretation that has been passed around the airline system, hangar and shop floor. The actual regulation states that a mechanic must have rest of a least 24 hours during any seven consecutive days or the equivalent within any one calendar month (four 24-hour…

Why American Airlines doesn’t tout its maintenance work

BY MITCHELL SCHNURMAN mschnurman@star-telegram.com With all its red ink and union problems, American Airlines doesn’t have a lot to brag about. But in one category, it’s far and away the industry leader: doing its own maintenance on airplanes. This sounds so fundamental to running an airline that customers may be surprised to learn that carriers…

TWU report highlights gaps in security, safety of aircraft maintenance…

Background checks, drug screening, not consistent for mechanics working on U.S. aircraft; Many U.S. carriers, even some with 100 percent domestic routes, are now sending planes overseas to thinly regulated facilities for major overhaul Washington DC – A new report from the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) highlights significant gaps in the safety and…

OSHA Inspection Practices and Policies

OSHA Inspections When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) comes knocking, what should a facility expect and how should it be handled? The OSHA inspector is there for one of two reasons: to conduct a programmed inspection or an unprogrammed inspection. A programmed inspection is when the inspection is scheduled due to selection criteria…

Keeping your kids safe in the sun.

Elk Grove Village, IL – Citing increasing rates of skin cancers, including melanoma, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued new recommendations on limiting sun exposure and tanning salon use among children. Ultraviolet Radiation: A Hazard to Children and Adolescents offers guidance to parents and pediatricians on skin cancer prevention. Skin protection should begin at…

Disaster Training with the American Red Cross

Applications and background checks will be completed during the first training session. All trainings will be held at the TWU Local 514 Union Hall. Sign up sheets are available now. Ready when the Time Comes. Thursday, April 7, 5pm – 9pm Saturday, April 9, 8am – 12PM Disaster Assessment Saturday April 16, 9am – 12pm…

Teamsters , TWU Labor Alliance Applauds PBS FRONTLINE REPORT

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and Transport Workers Union (TWU) commended PBS “Frontline” on its investigative report into airline maintenance. The two unions also stated that much remains to be addressed to ensure the safety of the traveling public. The report brought to light the increasing use by U.S. airlines of maintenance,…