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."
I think that removing me from the production floor because I was writing up defects and/or disobeying (QA supervisor name's) direction to let shop install the parts they wanted to without a drawing change or NCR is a very serious offense. It increased the ratio of roller stamping inspectors to those, like me, that tried to work to the FAA-approved procedures, documenting defects. I think it jeopardized the safety of our products. I think this should never be allowed, as it states in the quoted Directive section.
Please investigate this, and if the evidence shows that I was removed from the production floor because I was documenting valid defects, please have the guilty persons prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Interviewing mechanics and inspectors in the shop should reveal the real reason I was sent there. They always seem to know everything, especially the mechanics. They often know when and where us inspectors will rotate to next, as our QA management will also let shop select which inspectors they get to inspect their work. I never went out and inquired the shop grapevine about my banishment, as I kept my nose to the grindstone, and didn’t want to know.
When I was working on the 747/767 EBU line on 1/18/02 I overheard the following exchange between (Mechanic's name), EBU mechanic, and (inspector's name), line inspector, and immediately documented it:
(Inspector's name): "Gerry won’t buy it".
(Mechanic's name): "Yeah he will".
(Inspector's name): "No he won’t".
(Mechanic's name): "Yeah he will. He doesn‘t want to stuff manuals in the office anymore".
The Last Inspector