Originally Posted by Sea Ray
If the maintenance is so poor on commercial American airplanes why aren't we seeing them falling out the sky? Seems to me the maintenance is doing what it's supposed to do--get passengers safely from point to point.
I've never said maintenance is so poor that airliners are ready to drop from the sky. In fact, I've commented several times that commercial aviation has gotten safer at a staggering rate since the 1960's.
My main point, all along, has been that airliners are very complex pieces of equipment that operate in a demanding environment. There's already lots of things that can fail and ultimatley bring an aircraft down. Add to that the aging aircraft fleet (you do realize that an older aircraft requires more maintenance resources than an old one right?). Add to that increasing pressure on maintenance staffs to do more with less. Add to that an industry where most major players have been in/out of bankrupcy at least once. Add to that the talk of continued mega-mergers and the complexity of merging two airlines with diverse equipment.
Can an intellectually honest person actually say, "nope, no increased risk of problems there"? IMO, no. And we've not even discussed the agining air traffic control system.
I'm not saying people shouldn't fly. Heck, I just booked a flight to Las Vegas for work. I love to fly. Nor am I suggesting people should be gripped with fear about flying. The american public are like sheep, however, and given the right shepard they can easily be steered away from particular activites.