Why would the FAA hire an Aviation Safety Inspector without an Aircraft Maintenance Certificate?

So this guy was hired as an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness/Avionics) with no prior experience and no A&P Certificate.  What the heck is wrong with the FAA? How could he possibly do his job right if he has no Idea what he’s doing? There are so many A&P IA’s out there with many years of experience and the FAA decided to hire this guy.

Are there any A&Ps out there that would be interested in this job?   Wouldn’t you guys feel a lot safer if this guy would come and inspect your aircraft and avionics? What a joke!

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I want to know what you guys think about this.  Please leave your comments below.

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23 comments to this article

  1. AME

    on March 31, 2012 at 9:05 am - Reply

    This guy is useless and dangerous in his position.

  2. David

    on April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    It happened to my firm here in Oklahoma, Southwest Avation Specialties, LLC. Emergency order of revocation and then rreinstament after depositions.

  3. Cooter

    on April 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    He had a bit of trouble when he mentioned that he had worked with other inspectors that were difficult. He is one of them. I have worked with A-holes like that over the years and he is a disgrace. Imagine …. asking them for documents that they don't need to keep then hitting them for it…. AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

  4. Alan

    on April 11, 2012 at 3:49 am - Reply

    As an Regulatory Airworthiness Inspector and having worked with a number of airlines in different Countries I just cant imagine that this is for real!! if this is for real no wouder we are in trouble

  5. mileslacy

    on April 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    There is no way you could do this job with any level of competence without an A&P license and many years of experience. I've been in aviation maintenance for 30 and have worked anywhere from general aviation up to major airlines and I still learn everyday! There is no replacement for training and experience. None.

  6. Ronald Demmler

    on June 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Disgusting to say the least.
    At least hire somebody that has common sense and uses it.

  7. Brandan

    on June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Any private pilot that has passed a written test should know better than this guy. When I was instructing I would never have signed off on someone so clueless to even take a written test!

  8. German del Corral

    on June 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    What a pathetic character, what I'd like to know if he is still working in that capacity for the FAA. If he had any self respect I hope he quit and went back to wherever he came from.

    • skydad

      on June 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      I heard hat he is still with the FAA, spreading terror wherever he goes. When I was checking out as captain on a Convair 440 back in the early 60's, I had to give the emergency procedure for a generator fire on my oral exam. After I gave him the procedures the FAA guy said you missed the part about manually disconnecting it. I told him it didn't have a manual disconnect and we argued about it for the better part of a half hour. He was going to bust me because of it until I finally got the book out and showed him that it didn't have a manual disconnect. Here was a case of a guy who was unfamiliar with the aircraft he was giving a test on. The FAA hires somer good guys, but they also hire inexperienced pilot wannabe's and these are the guys who can & will make life miserable for you, just like the maintenance inspector in the video I posted the link to. No matter what they call them, they are still Federal Bureaucrats.

  9. steve

    on June 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    this man is a bone head and should not be aload a position in the faa much less an a/p shop he and the faa shpuld be sued for rongfull prosiqution of those cliants and reperations made for thier trouble………

  10. Craig

    on June 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Come on, lay off this guy. He knew some excellent A&P mechanics in his time. Time to go to sleep and lay my head on some books to get some more knowledge. FAA has way too much power and makes too many random laws. Ultralights must not weigh over 254 lbs, Not 255 lbs. or 263 lbs. thank God.

  11. Guest

    on June 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    "… this man … should not be aload …" Oh he certainly is a "load"!
    … "shpuld", "rongfull", "prosiqution", "cliants", "reperations"
    Now my head hurts. What ever has become of the English language?

  12. larry

    on June 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    typical weenie that lets power go to his head. unfortunately they are everywhere.

  13. Garry

    on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I am a student pilot. Just finished my first solo and working on my cross country. With the time and hard earned money that I have invested so far, it makes me wonder if it is worth the time and money if a guy like this can take it all away at a whim!

  14. J.E.

    on June 16, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply


    • Private Jet

      on March 4, 2014 at 1:18 am - Reply

      Haha right J.E.
      FAA Aviation Safety Inspectorwith no prior experience and no A&P Certificate. This is totally hilarious….

  15. Airmet Folly

    on June 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    This video needs to go viral!!
    Our entire government complex is infested, INFESTED, with incompetent knuckleheads such as this.
    They can cause great harm to your liberty and rights at a whim.
    There are indeed some good people that work for the government, but not enough.
    That tie he's wearing is wrong. He needs one with a hammer and sickle design; stars and stripes don't look good on him.

  16. guest

    on June 17, 2012 at 1:16 am - Reply

    His own words should be enough to terminate him. Oh yeah management hired him! Same tree different branch! Peter principal confirmation of theory.

  17. withheldforfear

    on June 17, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    The mentality; attractiveness of non-exposure to higher authority, IOW hide behind a skirt; need for ego, . . . .It is a common thread; examine law-enforcement for instance. The personality gravitates when it cannot survive on its own. I have been self-employed for over 40 years; an encounter with such would render me neutered financially. Its a shame they are not responsible for financial recourse.

  18. T.A.K.

    on June 17, 2012 at 9:43 am - Reply

    What a Moron! The people who should be fired are the ones that hired him. Of course he does make the rest of them look good. Wonder whose relation got him hired.

  19. The Dude Abides

    on June 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    45 plus years, 37 as an IA; The FAA people in general have deteriorated in real life experience and knowledge. So this guy is another example of the type of people going forward. I truly feel sorry for the new young A&P's coming on line. These type of people are certainly not "Professional". Only pencil pushers, and not very good at that either!

  20. Anton McCoy

    on August 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Good Information. The Maintenance of aircraft is a comprehensive, ongoing process. The entire aircraft needs to be examined, maintained, and have the necessary parts replaced to uphold the safety standards mandated by the FAA. Aircraft are required to be maintained after a certain period of calender time or flight hours or flight cycles.

  21. flytac1

    on December 27, 2013 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Yeah it's really a ridiculous decision. We can't feel safe in his presence. Absolutely he can't perform this job efficiently. Onlyt God will help us :)
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