This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
See Exhibit AA for my official job description. "Inspect" is noted in it alot, but I didn’t see "to train mechanics," as (my QA supervisor) said was our job, anywhere in it...
On 1/13/02, a Sunday overtime day. I told (my QA Lead) that an NCR...had not been approved yet, and was in fact still enqueued in the next task after initiation, QA approval, as (name), the designated QA MRB person that weekend, had never been called from home yet to do his function. The NCR didn’t even have a disposition at that point. I told (my QA Lead) that the mechanics wouldn’t be able to legally work it until it was approved after it had a disposition, even though the disposition would probably be the same as the prior unit on the NCR, which would hold up installation of the inlet on the...(position) 4 (747) engine. He said to tell the mechanics that they could work it, and to tell them it was him that said it was OK. He then said "I’ve been in jail before, I guess I can go to jail again" if someone called him on it.
Later that day, (my QA Lead) joked "My stamp’s got a Briggs and Stratton on it---I’ll buy anything". (Name), fellow line inspector that weekend, I believe witnessed that comment. Unfortunately this was not far from the truth with (my QA Lead). There is a legend, or running joke, based on a real event that (the QA Customer Coordinator--"QCC" for short in this quote) likes to bring up occasionally, probably because it bothers him a lot (as I think it should bother anybody that believes in the FAA-approved BCAG Quality System). (The QCC) occasionally states how (my QA Lead) once bragged "I shook four struts in five minutes" (I’m not sure if the exact time (the QCC) said was five minutes, but it was an extremely short amount of time for shaking four struts). The reason that that legend rings of the truth, is that Both (my QA Lead) and (another QA Lead) believe whole-heartedly in the unwritten BCAG Quality System we are supposed to be working to per the Company’s corrupt direction. They believe their sole function is the same as our QA Supervisor’s--to assure the traveler-free shipment of the product on time, and to "alter our inspection processes" to make that happen--to roller stamp anything without inspection that would interfere with the traveler-free shipment of the product on time, no matter if shop is late per the schedule or not.
This paragraph is being written several days after the above paragraph. I talked to (the QCC), and brought up the subject of (my QA Lead's) "I shook four struts in five minutes" legendary remark. (The QCC) said he was actually there when (my QA Lead) made the remark. It turns out I was only about ten minutes off. (The QCC) said that (my QA Lead) had made the boast in a crew meeting when (name), the QA Supervisor that hired me from Everett, was present. This meeting had occurred before I transferred down from Everett in mid 1997, as (the QA supervisor) had transferred to Auburn between the time of my interview with him and when I arrived at PSD. (The QCC) said (my QA Lead) had boasted in the meeting that he had "shook four struts in (15 or 30) minutes." (The QCC) couldn’t remember if (my QA Lead) had said either 15 or 30 minutes. (The QCC) said that he couldn’t believe that (the QA supervisor), who was sitting right there when (my QA Lead) made the boast, didn’t say something about it. I guess he was expecting (the QA supervisor) to chasten (my QA Lead) for his boast, as no human could shake four struts in even thirty minutes and not miss at least 90% of the defects in those struts (also called "pylons"--these are the stuctures that connect the engines to the wing both structurally and also connect the systems on the engine to the airplane's systems). I guess you could do it if you used no mirror or flashlight and just poked your head in each access hole for a brief peek, but that is not the way a shakedown should be done. The entire assembly, both inside and out, top and bottom, should be viewed, which would require a flashlight and mirror. Hands should be used to check for loose parts also. But apparently (the QA supervisor), though I only met him in that one interview, must have fit the mold of one of my typical BCAG QA Supervisors that I have written the biographies of above, or perhaps he was too embarrassed to speak to (my QA Lead) about his comment in the meeting, with everyone present.
The Last Inspector