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aka “The Bull” (some content not suitable for children or religous zealots)

The Wheels On the Bus

How can I sit Idle during this most recent airline/safety fiasco?

So, come to find out this particular maintenance that is being done  has been long over due and is only being done now because it came to public light that the FAA was turning a blind eye to it.

   The Other Foot;

  So now that American Airlines, on the third day has left  thousands stranded due to cancellations because the Wheel Wiring is being “fixed” on all these planes. I just wonder what the quality of the work that is being done is like.  ON THE WHEELS!!!  Certainly you can imagine the managers of this operation standing around with a bull whip going “hurry hurry hurry, we are loosing money; that’s good enough on that one, bring the next one in, How many more do we have to do. OMG…” ON THE WHEELS!!!!       Capitalism???  Big business?????   I do think so.   Look, if we are putting super glue on large wounds in operating room to save time in closing, I guarantee you some corner is being cut on these planes.

April 10, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Uh yikes thanks alot for that bit of information… I have to fly for buisness all the time…. I USE TO BE OKAY WITH IT!!! Sometimes your blog suck’s!!

    Comment by Mark | April 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Capitalism is working just fine here. People would stop flying on an airline if it became unsafe, thus voting with their wallet, that airline would cease to exist…if the government would stop bailing them out. The problem is that flying is just too darn safe to see any consumer driven survival of the fittest mechanics come into play.

    Comment by BugHunter | April 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Well, happy birthday to you, Sunshine.

    Comment by Andrea | April 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. lol

    Comment by matt | April 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. This “wheel problem” appears to be nothing more than putting zip ties on a couple of wires. It looks to me like this is just another government agency flexing it’s muscles. The FAA must be jealous of all the power that the TSA has been given.

    Comment by BugHunter | April 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. Happy Birthday ! Flight attendant friend (southwest) said.Boeing has a chart for inspections that they follow. The 2 charts cover the back and front of the plane, but no chart for the middle, so it has been ignored for years. One maintance guy said I thought you checked that and another said I thought you checked it. this all happened last Aug. Plenty of blame to go around.

    Comment by Matts Mom | April 12, 2008 | Reply

  7. So, I think then we can all agree. flying is not infact safe.

    Comment by the bull | April 12, 2008 | Reply

  8. ARUP has samples on those delayed planes. It affects patient care when the samples are delayed. I used to have friend that had planes repaired by trying to get the part to where the plane would be at a certain time. That means that lots of planes are flying around that need parts until they get to where the part is. Can you imagine all the wire and duct tape they use on those things? Are they Safe? I actually think it is a good thing to park them once in awhile to work on them. VS

    Comment by daddyvaughn | April 14, 2008 | Reply

  9. Notes left for mechanics from pilots, then the maintenance service replies:

    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire

    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

    P: Something loose in cockpit
    S: Something tightened in cockpit

    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.

    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.

    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.

    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That’s what friction locks are for.

    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you’re right.

    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

    P: Aircraft handles funny.
    S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

    P: Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed.

    And the best one for last………………
    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from midget.

    Comment by Kathleen | April 19, 2008 | Reply

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