This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report.
A third example is on the PREs (Protective Equipment) that shop covers the inlet with to protect them during transport and installation of the engine. Why would you need an O.K. to install on a PRE? Because shop puts them on even before they put the inlet installation job up for final inspection. The inlet installation jobs will not lie about this. It is the way they are sequenced. On the last weekend I worked I told you about, I had the shop open up the PRE so I could inspect the sealant around the probe, the inlet interior area for FOD, and that area of the inlet and fan blades for damage from installation. Do other inspectors make shop do this so they can inspect for the noted items? No. They just inspect the areas of the inlet not covered, or if they are a hardcore roller stamper, they don’t even make an effort to do that.
In actuality, the installation of the PRE should not be done on the inlet installation job at all, but that is just par for the course for our AWOL QA Planning department. It should instead be installed after the shakedown inspection, so the shakedown inspector can inspect that area also. It also should only be installed after shakedown due to the fact that, the way it is done now, shop performs a lot of work with small fasteners and such after the cover is installed, and I have seen cases where this FOD is laying on the inside of the fan case, between the fan blades. Please make us fix this problem also, if for nothing more than to allow the inner half of the inlet to be inspected on the inlet installation job.
The Last Inspector