Letters to the Editor

Shut out

Re the June 21 letter “Taken for a ride”: I have been in the aviation industry for over 40 years, I used to enjoy it, but now I can’t seem to find anyone willing to speak English in my presence. I am a licensed A&P certified mechanic performing inspections of various kinds in engine shops I have toiled in for the past 15 years.

I am the minority. No problem, I am aware where I live. But one would think if you came to this country for a better life for you and your family, you would respect the language of this land.

I was responsible to sign off on work performed by mechanics who refused to speak English in my presence. From the managers to the leadmen to the mechanics, all discussions of work to be accomplished are in a foreign language.

When I brought the subject up to the chief inspector , I was told to shut up or be let go.

Federal Air Regulation 145 states that a certified aircraft technician must be able to read, write and understand the English language.

Well, “certified” seems to fall on deaf ears also, as the “mechanics” are usually the brother of a nephew of a cousin who lives down the street of one of the managers and used to work at a shoe repair shop fixing sewing machines.

Enjoy your flight!

W. Narkiewicz,