EAA and AOPA are pushing for relaxed medical licensing of pilots. Maintenance employees of WECO Aerospace before 2007 were misrepresenting work done on aircraft. Bear with me for a minute while I connect the two news stories.
The EAA and AOPA say
“…the [more loose medical] proposal is a natural extension of the medical standard applied to sport pilots. “We have more than five years’ experience now with the sport pilot certificate and the driver’s license medical standard,” said Hightower. “In that time, we have not had a single medical incapacitation accident. The standard works.”
Now, compare that to the situation of the WECO employees. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner says
“The indictment alleges that these defendants knowingly cut corners in repairing aircraft parts and concealed the fact that they were not complying with FAA regulations. While it is fortunate that there are no aircraft crashes known to be associated with faulty repairs conducted by these defendants, their alleged conduct needlessly took risks with the safety of persons who used aircraft that they repaired.”
Avweb ads to the mechanic story that “There have been no reported problems [at WECO Aerospace] since Gulfstream took over [in 2007].”
Okay so, no accidents prove that it’s okay to have looser medical certification. Wait, accident-free doesn’t prove that the maintenance workers made good substitutions. Wait, Gulfstream is better because they have had no problems. Seems to be lots of flip-flopping.
Does your track record prove the correctness of your decision, or not?