PBS has an interesting special entitled “Flying Cheaper,” about the constant outsourcing of aircraft maintenance by US airlines. Much of this is outsourcing to other US companies, so we’re not just talking about maintenance going abroad.
While I’m no expert on aircraft maintenance, the episode seems to raise some legitimate concerns. At the same time, based solely on the safety records of US airlines over the past few years, we seem to be safer now than ever before.
(Tip of the hat to Eric)