This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report. These past few sections detail the many years long neglect by Boeing to test critical (to the safe flight of the airplane) ground paths, as is required, and to have QA independently test/witness the tests as required for these critical grounds.
I attempted to explain this to the reporter when I was interviewed for the Q13 Fox News broadcast of this important story, but I didn't do the best job of getting the following information to the reporter and therefore into the story.
Here you can read the details of just how bad Boeing's non-inspection or testing of these critical requirements are, as well as what little (if anything) was done by Boeing and their FAA sycophants to ensure these thousands of untested critical grounds in the fleet were ultimately tested to the level (QA 100% witness) required:
This just in: I got the nerve up to go to (name), Electrical M.E. (Manufacturing Engineer, a very loose use of the term "Engineer" in a job title, in my informed opinion) Planner, and to request one of the "missing MHIR (Manufacturing (wiring) Hookup and Inspection Record)" printouts from an engine wire bundle installation job,..., as their was none in the panel.
When I mentioned I wanted one from (an EBU (Engine Build-Up) Control Code--a particular manufacturing position on the EBU production line), she seemed startled. She said she never ordered the engine line MHIRs. I asked her why not. She said it was because the engine line didn’t use them. (That was obvious!) I asked her to order a copy for me anyway (it turns out you can’t just print them from WIRS (the wiring configuration database the data on them is from), you must order them from a print center) just because I wanted to look at one for curiosity purposes. She acceded.
The next day I picked it up. Yes, it listed a...designated ground! At least the engine line had a convenient excuse to why they were not inspecting their critical grounds--they didn’t have any way to know about them! Whether or not they wanted to know about them (they didn’t), or not, is immaterial. They had an alibi.
I reviewed the MHIR to the critical ground list on the web. They didn’t match. Apparently, due to M.E. planning’s intentional neglect over the years, the MHIR was not accurate at all! Only one critical ground was listed on the MHIR, but thirteen were listed on the web list that should have been on the MHIR.
I pulled the drawing for the engine W/B (Wire Bundle),...In the short amount of time I perused it, I found twelve of the thirteen web listed critical grounds. One I couldn’t find during my search. See Exhibit E for a copy of the MHIR and applicable portion of the "resorted by drawing number" web list with it. The stars in the margin of the web list are those grounds I found on the drawing. The question mark identifies the ground I didn’t find on my limited drawing search.
There’s more to this sad story. I saw (another) note against (a) receptacle on the MHIR. (This MHIR note) is defined in the "dictionary notes note text" section of the MHIR as "Conductive connector, bond per (document)." In the strut area, where all struts seem to have MHIRs, all receptacles have electrical bonding requirements on the PI drawing and inspections on the plan (I’ll make that leap, but to say any type of planning at PSD is consistent, is extremely risky, at best). I don’t offhand know if there are notes similar to the noted...note on their MHIRs, but there may be.
But these strut electrical bonding requirements (.XXX Ohms, maximum, from shield ground lug to structure the receptacle is mounted on) come straight out of the...(electrical process requirements) document. The...document is listed as a reference on the assembly breakdown list of the (Parts List (PL) drawing), but the applicable PI (Production Illustration) sheet for that receptacle (see sheet 2 revision F ZN C4) does not list any electrical bonding requirements for that receptacle as the strut PIs do.
So, you see, we have another problem. The lack of inspections for electrical bonding requirements is not limited to just critical grounds, but to receptacle grounding as well, and it is not only limited to the MHIR, but extends to the engineering drawings themselves. Please correct this problem to ensure we are performing these critical processes with the integrity that we always should have done them.
The Last Inspector