Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Who Cares About Maintenance
Trust Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean to gloss over the details when he reported on the corroded valve that downed an Apache helicopter. Teo, another ex-Navy guy, told parliament that procedures mandated by the manufacturer do not include inspection of the valve, and therefore his airforce guys never bothered about it. He added, "the maintenance procedure does not call for the RSAF to open up the AISBV. This can be done only by the manufacturer", neatly transferring the responsibility of the defence of our nation to a third party vendor. While he's at it, why not outsource the whole defence system? Lots of Singapore men would welcome the idea since NS liability is always an inconvenience employers hate to put up with, preferring instead to hire foreigners.
Teo concluded by saying Mindef will be taking steps to replace/re-certify the valve more frequently and update the maintenance procedures. Which they should have done in the first place, instead of hentak kaki until a juicy GLC appointment comes up. And please ask the pilot and CPG to pay more attention to the caution/warning panel.