Exploring the Effects of Increased FAA Oversight on Part 145 Maintenance Practices

Exploring the Effects of Increased FAA Oversight on Part 145 Maintenance Practices

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The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to examine the effects of increased Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight over the past 5 to 7 years in the Part 145 repair station industry that performs maintenance for Part 121 air carriers in the United States (US). Specifically, the research was utilized to explore what operational changes have occurred in the domestic Part 145 repair station industry, including changes in the number of employed personnel, personnel training, equipment, maintenance data, and facilities, as well as operational practices, such as management practices, record-keeping procedures, and inventory and part supply-chain logistics. After interviewing 20 managers of Part 145 repair stations in the Southeast U.S., five broad theme codes emerged from the data: quality of oversight, effects of oversight, status quo of oversight, relationship with the FAA, and suggestions. From the five major theme codes, 20 subthemes emerged from the data that were used to explain the phenomenon of oversight in the Part 145 repair station industry. The majority of participants found that the levels of oversight have increased over the past 5 to 7 years and that the depth and focus of the FAA inspectors have improved. Despite the increased oversight, however, there has been very little financial impact on the repair station industry in the Southeast U.S. Furthermore, the participants of this study felt as though the program of oversight still needs improvement. What the participants of this study want and have always wanted, are for FAA inspectors to apply oversight in a more standardized manner. They want to see this standardization in how FAA inspectors interpret the regulations as well as the same quality of oversight for all repair stations, especially for repair stations that have a poor record of regulation compliance. The participants believe that when FAA officials enforce standardization, the repair stations can more effectively and efficiently perform their scope of work, thereby helping to ensure the safety of the U.S. commercial air transportation industry.The FAA, at that point, was still these good old buddy guys that were just dropping by, and whatever you wanted, they a#39;d sign ... We set up the accessory shop, we laid the tooling out, had all the manuals out, and everything, and the inspectoranbsp;...

Title:Exploring the Effects of Increased FAA Oversight on Part 145 Maintenance Practices
Author:Barry Franco
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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