Popularly called AIR 21, is the Wendell H. Ford Aviation
Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century. This act
was put in place on April 5, 2000 to improve airline
safety. This bill came about after the crash of
Continental Express Flight 2574 that killed all 14
people on board an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, N37701. In
that case the NTSB ruled that the probable cause of this
accident included “The failure of Continental Express
management to establish a corporate culture which
encouraged and enforced adherence to approved
maintenance and quality assurance procedures”.
the lawsuit the union stated, “In order to improperly
keep airplanes in revenue service, Aviation Maintenance
Technicians (“AMTs”) at stations throughout the American
Airlines system have been subject to ongoing pressure
from American Airlines management representatives to
commit maintenance fraud, disregard maintenance
discrepancies, deviate from federally-mandated
maintenance procedures, abstain from required lightning
strike and bird strike inspections, and otherwise
violate federal aviation standards,” the union alleged.
The union further stated American Airlines management
responded to its union members with
threats of discipline including termination,
threats of arrest, threats of station closure and/or
reduction of staff and unlawful surveillance.
a statement American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton
said, “We have the highest regard for, and a robust
working relationship with, the Federal Aviation
Administration. We continually and consistently work
with our regulators so that American’s maintenance
programs, practices, procedures, and overall compliance
and safety are second to none."
“Our communication with the FAA is ongoing and frequent,
and their oversight team has not alerted us to any
current critical issues or concerns.
As has been, and will always be, the case, we
welcome any feedback from the FAA that supports
American’s unwavering attention and commitment to
maintenance and technical operations excellence,” Norton