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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : bdl.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A319|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 10000
flight time type : 1885
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
maintenance problem : improper documentation
non adherence : company policies
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Maintenance Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Maintenance Human Performance|
I noticed a dent on the walkaround that appeared to intrude on rvsm critical area. I thought I could see a DOT on it; but I wanted to check with maintenance. I asked what the history was; and if he could guarantee me that dent had been evaluated for rvsm. Maintenance said yes for structural history but not sure about rvsm. I offered dispatch and maintenance that since it was approved for structural integrity; we could take it non rvsm to destination for a better look. They agreed to go. I called maintenance the next morning to inquire if the further checks had been done; they said maintenance inspected the aircraft and said it was not rvsm capable. Maintenance said this aircraft had been flying that way for a while. I wonder how the aircraft has flown this long without anyone addressing the rvsm issue. Is our maintenance guidance or pilot FM guidance incompatible for dents in the rvsm critical area?
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A319 PLT DISCOVERED DENT WITHIN RVSM CRITICAL AREA OF FUSELAGE. ACFT HAD FLOWN NUMEROUS FLTS IN THIS CONDITION.
Narrative: I NOTICED A DENT ON THE WALKAROUND THAT APPEARED TO INTRUDE ON RVSM CRITICAL AREA. I THOUGHT I COULD SEE A DOT ON IT; BUT I WANTED TO CHK WITH MAINT. I ASKED WHAT THE HISTORY WAS; AND IF HE COULD GUARANTEE ME THAT DENT HAD BEEN EVALUATED FOR RVSM. MAINT SAID YES FOR STRUCTURAL HISTORY BUT NOT SURE ABOUT RVSM. I OFFERED DISPATCH AND MAINT THAT SINCE IT WAS APPROVED FOR STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY; WE COULD TAKE IT NON RVSM TO DEST FOR A BETTER LOOK. THEY AGREED TO GO. I CALLED MAINT THE NEXT MORNING TO INQUIRE IF THE FURTHER CHKS HAD BEEN DONE; THEY SAID MAINT INSPECTED THE ACFT AND SAID IT WAS NOT RVSM CAPABLE. MAINT SAID THIS ACFT HAD BEEN FLYING THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. I WONDER HOW THE ACFT HAS FLOWN THIS LONG WITHOUT ANYONE ADDRESSING THE RVSM ISSUE. IS OUR MAINT GUIDANCE OR PLT FM GUIDANCE INCOMPATIBLE FOR DENTS IN THE RVSM CRITICAL AREA?
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.