November 1999 Issue

Letters 11/99

Do Ask, Do Tell
Coy Jacob’s article in the July issue titled “Good Jugs, Bad Jugs” was very informative. But I was concerned about your comment made in the box titled “The 10-minute Cylinder Inspection.” You said that disassembling a cylinder may be “the best argument we’ve heard for don’t ask, don’t tell,” with regard to not logging the disassembly to avoid warranty problems with the supplier.

This statement is totally against FAA regulations, (FAR 43.9) which I am sure you are well aware of. I realize you are trying to help pilots and aircraft owners to be better and safer, but to ask them to blatantly ignore the regulations doesn’t help, especially when FAA violates them...

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