Ray Valeika is Delta Air Lines' senior vice president for technical operations. He recently spoke at an Aviation Safety Alliance meeting in San Francisco. Excerpts follow.
Over the years, we as an industry have freely squandered maintenance resources on non-safety items, thus blurring the line between safety and non-safety. Worse yet, maintenance managers wanting to ensure labor peace have allowed institutionalization of many activities that do not necessarily add to safety. So today, you hear the constant clamor that any reduction in the number of mechanics will lead to a decrease in safety. Lost in the noise is the likelihood that a good deal of the ...
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