This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
Please investigate this, and make Boeing Engineering fix it, as it confuses the hell out of me, (name), and (name), inspectors who haven’t totally given themselves over to the "dark side" yet. We’ve brought this up with our only lead that hasn’t similarly given himself over totally to the "dark side," (name), asking him to look into it, but he won’t touch it with a ten foot pole:
Once upon a time, I seem to remember, the BAC5009 spec was written to require adjustments to both engineering drawing required torques and BAC5009 Table VII torques when the head side of the bolt was torqued, or the bolt was installed through a fay seal, and maybe other situations. However, apparently the spec was re-written under our inspectors’ noses, and now those adjustments are required for only BAC Table VII non-critical torques, while not being required for drawing specified critical torques, which we have to witness.
This makes no sense to us. (One of the other named inspectors) talked to a few engineers, and they said they just pull their drawing specified torque values directly out of BAC5009 Table VII, unaltered, and add them to the drawing only to force QA to witness these critical torques.
The torque ranges are the same. So why would the spec only require great care in ensuring that only the maximum value of the torque range is used for non-critical BAC5009 Table VII torques in certain situations, while ignoring critical drawing specified torques in the same situations, pulled from the same table? Answer: Ignorance. (The noted other inspector) called the "keeper of the spec" and asked him why only the non-critical torques were adjusted in the spec in certain situations, while critical torques were almost specifically left out. The answer? "I’m not about to tell engineers what to do with their drawing torques." Not the type of technical answer you would expect from a head engineer of a spec is it? Maybe he just bought his degree. Please tell Boeing to fix this problem for the integrity of all of the critical torques on the aircraft.
The Last Inspector