Aircraft Engineers International (AEI), which represents more than 40,000 aerospace workers, has sent a letter to EASA warning that regulations related to the inspection of aircraft before they are returned to service are being applied “inconsistently” and “inadequately” in some European countries.
EASA rules call for work done on aircraft to be checked and signed off by a licensed aircraft engineer who certifies the aircraft is fit for service.
Fred Bruggeman, AEI’s secretary general, said that in some countries the task of a licensed engineer had been reduced to a “purely administrative ‘tick-box’ exercise”.
“This procedure does not represent the verification called for by the regulations nor is it the custom and practice of the industry. Instead it represents a serious derogation from it,” Bruggeman said.
“Such a procedure … may reduce some delays and save cost but at an unacceptable risk to safety.”