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Re: Major Defense Contractor issued a DCMA Level III CAR

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For instance, more than 30 days have gone by since DCMA "expect[ed] formal response [to the letter]. Do you have any thoughts as to what the response was?

http://www.menewsline.com/stories/20...r/12_29_1.html
PENTAGON RESOLVES BLACK HAWK DISPUTE



WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. Defense Department has withdrawn its threat to penalize a company that sells utility helicopters to the Middle East.

The Pentagon has closed a formal complaint regarding the Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters, sold both to the U.S. military and Middle East clients. Both helicopters have been manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft, which had been threatened with penalties by the Pentagon.

In mid-December, Sikorsky submitted a plan to improve quality control of the Black Hawk and Seahawk, plagued by problems in the rear rotor tail. The Pentagon said it was withdrawing its complaint, known as Level III Corrective Action Request.

"Sikorsky did respond with a plan to address the government's concern and this plan adequately addresses the issues as stated in the CAR," Ann Jensis-Dale, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said.

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by Quality Digest http://www.insidequality.com/IQedit/...9C70hgiPi3B739

In November 2006, the Pentagon sent a letter to Sikorsky Aircraft criticizing its management for quality control and delays in the production of Black Hawk helicopters.

Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies, subsequently submitted a plan for addressing the concerns in a Level III corrective action request (CAR) issued in November, according to the Hartford Courant.

“Sikorsky did respond with a plan to address the government’s concern and this plan adequately addresses the issues as stated in the CAR,” said Ann Jensis-Dale, a defense contract spokeswoman.

The company will establish a training program for its Florida Black Hawk subcontractor that will teach employees the Sikorsky production system, and it will examine what its subcontractors actually do in the production of military helicopters.

The aircraft unit has increased the number of quality control inspectors at Crestview Aerospace Corp. from six to 15 and now does extra inspections of some key parts, such as rotor blade connections and flight controls.

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Re: Major Defense Contractor issued a DCMA Level III CAR

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The aircraft unit has increased the number of quality control inspectors at Crestview Aerospace Corp. from six to 15 and now does extra inspections of some key parts, such as rotor blade connections and flight controls.
Pretty interesting, that used to be one of the good points, the anti-torque system and its control (hyd w/cable back up).

One of the major problems we had to counter was stabilator failure, which was when the aircraft would go into an unannounced nose down attitude (dive). At low altitude and at speed this would be fatal, at high altitude it could be recoverable (as experienced by me), but you'd need clean underwear afterwards.

What is escaping me is how or what caused a breakdown in the QDR process (Quality Discrepancy Report). I have personally filed QDR's that had completely stopped both production and overhaul activities on aircraft components when I was a Lockheed QA/QC. One specific QDR pertained to an electrical component that had been outsourced to a foriegn company that never worked right and had caused a couple of small electrical fires onboard. Trust me when I tell you there is no such thing as a small fire in flight when you're trying to open the panel being blinded and choked by the phosgene given off from burning insulation. Your fun meter gets pegged real quick.

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This article[/URL] describes how failure to address on-going quality concerns led a representative from DCMA to escalate the issue to a Level III CAR.

According to the article,
Interesting post Sid, btw how did you get the dcma letter?

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at high altitude it could be recoverable (as experienced by me), but you'd need clean underwear afterwards.
Bummer!
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Re: Major Defense Contractor issued a DCMA Level III CAR

They addressed the problem with MORE INSPECTORS??!!!!!??



Of course they did do some training, but I suspect from what we have been presented here that more problems of this type will appear in the future. In helicopters. Wonder if they all come with one of Randy's "Fun Meters" as standard equipment?

Goofing around with the quality of a machine made to "beat the air into submission" strikes me as a little foolhardy. The good Captain, who wrote the letter and issued the Level III, should get a medal, IMHO.
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Back On Topic: Sidney, given the timeline of events about the original article and Level III CAR 'Letter', can you at this time, offer any insight as to new or recent developments?
I have no recent news.

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but you'd need clean underwear afterwards.
I've never seen Indiana Jones having to change underwear.

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Interesting post Sid, btw how did you get the dcma letter?
The link to the letter was in the article that I posted.

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This article describes how failure to address on-going quality concerns led a representative from DCMA to escalate the issue to a Level III CAR.

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Are copies of DCMA Level III CAR's available? If so, how would I request a copy of one?
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Are copies of DCMA Level III CAR's available? If so, how would I request a copy of one?
This post is at least 1 year old. Why would you want a copy of the Corrective Action? Is your Organization in line for a Level III CAR?


I believe on the Original Post there is an attachment, the letter is in PDF format.

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Re: Major Defense Contractor issued a DCMA Level III CAR

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This post is at least 1 year old. Why would you want a copy of the Corrective Action? Is your Organization in line for a Level III CAR?


I believe on the Original Post there is an attachment, the letter is in PDF format.
No. I am doing research on one that has already been issued. Are they available to the general public?
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