Tennessee Wing Aircraft Safety Violations

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By Phillip Blansett | S.T.A.R.R.S. News

Civil Air Patrol, a once proud service birthed a week before Pearl Harbor, has since the end of that war vacillated from its history of proud service into an exclusive flying club, rising again to proud and promising service at various times, coming perilously close to rejection by the Air Force as its auxiliary, rising again with new regulations and purpose.

Yet Fraud and Waste in Aircraft Maintenance, pilot qualifications, medical certification, hostile environment, and a culture that refuses to admit failure, mistakes or error. Let is understand that fraud and deception in matters of Aircraft Maintenance, is an extremely serious matter.

Since March of 2005, several maintenance related issues have been brought to your attention in the hopes that those responsible would take action to protect the Safety of those pilots and passengers flying aboard Civil Air Patrol Corporate Aircraft especially in the Tennessee Wing.

Having tried to sit and talk with the Tennessee Wing Commander initially and who did not want to hear of the deficiencies that were described to him in detail he was offended to the point that he purposely held his own inquisition so he could flare his nostrils instead of addressing the situation.

Having filed several IG Complaints in accordance with CAP Regulation 123-2 to help the Wing Commander identify and correct those problems, it was concluded by those in the dysfunctional IG Corps that all was well with the aircraft maintenance and there was nothing to fear. I beg to disagree with those findings if there were any!

Let me explain.  Inspector general complaint filed for Non Compliance with Mandatory Service Bulletins, Inspector General says nothing is wrong and Tennessee Wing is in compliance? Wrong, during the Conference that took place over the weekend of 20 thru 23 October, CAP-USAF, from Dobbins ARB conducted subordinate Unit inspections in Nashville. The Aircraft scored UNSATISFACTORY!!

IG Complaint filed for not complying with Mandatory Service Bulletins, CAP IG Wallace Mitchell and Col Matthew Sharkey says there is nothing wrong and all is well with TN Wing Aircraft?

Wrong, CAP-USAF, Dobbins ARB Georgia conducted subordinate Unit inspections in Nashville, N905CP CAP-USAF finding was Service Bulletins not in compliance!!! The CAP Inspector General said there was nothing wrong but CAP-USAF says otherwise. This inspection by CAP-USAF shows that the Inspector General Program within CAP does not WORK.

Here are some pictures of N9987H. These pictures show corrosion on the Elevator hinge pin bolts as well as other Safety of Flight issues within the elevator area. This is clear proof that CAP members safety takes a back seat to “MANAGEMENT’S INCOMPETENCE N THE MAINTENANCE AREA”.

As I sit here, I wonder when the Light Bulb is going to go off and you will realize that there is a real problem in this State with those people running the Aircraft Maintenance Program who do not know what they are doing. It is just a matter of time before another accident occurs and when it does all of the information I have collected over the last 8 months begging and pleading for someone to step in and correct this mindset will be helpful for those families in grieving who lost a loved one in one of your aircraft.

(THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR FAMILY MEMBER YOU WERE BURYING DUE TO IMPROPER MAINTENANCE PRACTICES. THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN JUST BEFORE CADET ORIENTATION FLIGHTS. THE PILOT WHO FOUND THIS IS A CFI/A&P AND POTENTIALLY AVERTED A POSSIBLE AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT).

THE TENNESSEE WING SLOGAN IS “DOLLARS BEFORE SAFETY”

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