Flying Cheaper: Documents

In a year of reporting, investigators from FRONTLINE and The Investigative Reporting Workshop combed through piles of paperwork to document the outsourcing of airline maintenance, and the risks it might pose. Here are some of the more interesting documents they found.

FAA ST Mobile Inspection Records

Here is a sample of eight FAA inspection reports for ST Aerospace Mobile between 2008 and 2010. Topics cover English-language ...

Service Difficulty Reports 251AY 

These service difficulty reports from the Federal Aviation Administration detail seven incidents where an odor was reported in plane 251AY

ST Aerospace Documents

Here is a sample of four ST Aerospace Mobile internal safety memos from 2010. One of the more serious incidents ...

ST Aerospace Mobile Email Response About Airplane Parts

In response to questions FRONTLINE asked about undocumented airplane parts, ST Aerospace Mobile's President Joseph Ng sent this response on ...

ST Aerospace responds to PBS FRONTLINE questions

ST Aerospace Mobile sent this response to FRONTLINE's questions about the company's workforce, FAA inspections, and airplane parts on December ...

Top 10 MROs - Aviation Week

Here is a listing compiled every two years by Aviation Week of the top Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities (MROs). ...

US Airways employee complaint vs. ST Mobile

In this lawsuit dated April 12, 2011, pilots and flight attendants of US Airways claim they fell ill after improper ...

Ameco Brochure

This 2010 brochure from Ameco Beijing mentions being interviewed by FRONTLINE — or "Frautline" as the brochure reads — and ...

Ameco Cancellation Letter

An e-mail from Ameco Beijing canceling PBS FRONTLINE'S visit to their facilities. July 16, 2010.

Ameco Invitation Letter

A formal letter from Ameco Beijing inviting PBS FRONTLINE to visit its facility. June 29, 2010. Ameco representatives had extended ...

Dept. of Transportation Inspector General's Report

In this Sept. 30, 2008, report on major airlines' outsourcing of maintenance, the FAA is criticized by the U.S. Department ...

FAA Ameco Inspection Records

Here are two samples of FAA inspections and letters of Ameco, a repair facility based in Beijing, China, that maintains ...

FAA Maintenance List Rejection Letter

This is a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration rejecting FRONTLINE's and the Investigative Reporting Workshop's request under the Freedom ...