This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency."
Is unethical behavior and a care less attitude about QA requirements when schedule is at risk just limited to the PSD Division? Not just no. But hell no. The Delivery Center and Prime Divisions routinely send us back parts they have cannibalized or damaged, and then cannibalized, that have no evidence of the inspection status of the part, as there is no documentation whatsoever received with the part. No Removal Records, no nothing. We have no way to know what they had really done to the part without the documentation. It would probably be better to scrap the part, as we have no way of truly knowing it’s inspection status. But these parts are probably worth (dollar estimate deleted for this quote) or so, so we guess to save the Company money. We look at the part and try to determine what needs to be done to put it all back together again. We document it on an NCR. It would have been much easier for us if the Delivery Center had just slowed down enough to fill out a few Removal Records, as their QA Processes require. Every time we repair a part that way we hope we guessed right and that we didn’t miss some item that they had loosened up. Also, they have been known to steal parts at night from PSD in the past. Some, I heard, right off accepted installations. Anything to meet the delivery schedule.
The Last Inspector