Aircraft parts supply requires strong management controls, says expert

SA Flyer Magazine managing editor Guy Leitch says the supply of dodgy aircraft parts is a worldwide issue and requires strong management controls.

South African Airways (SAA) said on Sunday it lodged criminal complaints against individuals implicated in the looting of millions of rand through questionable tenders in the procurement of aircraft parts, saying it has launched an investigation into whether the airline was supplied with dodgy parts that failed to meet industry standards.

Leitch says the allegation is worrying.

We have seen airlines grounded for less serious allegations....the issue about dodgy parts is a huge problem worldwide. It requires incredibly rigorous and strong management controls to try and limit the damage that dodgy parts can cause to an organisation.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

The airlines have to be able to prove that their parts are genuine, which means having a paper trail all the way from the manufacturer right to their stock into when it was actually placed in an aircraft, and SAA technical has now fallen down on this.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

I think it is essential that the Civil Aviation Authority drops everything, announce a full-on investigation with immediate results as to what exactly went on.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

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