The information contained in the Aviation Maintenance Alerts is derived from Malfunction and Defect (M&D) reports submitted from the field. The Malfunction and Defect Reporting System is often criticized by maintenance personnel because they feel that their M&D reports go into a black hole in the FAA and are never acted upon or passed on to others who could use the information. Today, the only feedback mechanism to maintenance personnel for M&D reports is the AC 43-16A, Aviation Maintenance Alerts. Removal of this valuable feedback mechanism for airworthiness concerns will reduce the input to the M&D reporting system and ultimately could lead to a reduction in aviation safety levels.
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AOPA Letter to the FAA Manager, Aircraft Continuous Airworthiness Division, January 12, 1999
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