Local Aircraft Mechanic Says It's Okay To Fly

Aircraft Mechanic James Whatley
Aircraft Mechanic James Whatley

Commercial aircrafts are being inspected for their airborne safety by the Federal Aviation Administration throughout the United States, but a local expert says regulations are so tight, flying is actually safer than driving. 

James Whatley has been servicing aircraft for more than 30 years. He says people should not worry about commercial airplanes because the F.A.A. is doing their job.

"They stay on top of that maintenance, they have real tight reigns on them and their maintenance procedures."
In fact Whatley says for the smallest fix, guidelines state about 20 steps to make that repair compliant. The federal agency will be doing random maintenance inspections on all commercial airlines. This comes after Southwest airlines was penalized for flying with safety violations like fuselage leaks and hair line cracks. But, Whatley says it isn't anything worth worrying about.

"The small hair line type of cracks is not going to affect anything. As log as it's inspected in the procedures it supposed to inspected by and it gets in the critical stage that it's removed from service it's not going to become a safety issue." 

All commercial aircraft is inspected by flight personnel before each take off. And every 3 to 4 days, Whatley says they  are re-checked at their maintenance hub to ensure they are no mechanical issues. 

"All items we check are very critical, it depends on how the aircraft performs in flight as well as the flight characteristic itself." 

Whatley also says if an aircraft is suspected of not being in compliance, it's grounded immediately. The F.A.A. expects to have their inspections completed by the end of the month.