Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is in hot water for poor quality control
of the spare parts it manufactures for Blackhawk helicopters. Sikorsky was
officially warned about the problems last June and, when there appeared to be
no improvement in parts quality, a stronger warning was sent last month. If
Sikorsky continues to turn out too many defective parts, current contracts to
supply the Department of Defense with Blackhawk parts, will be terminated.
While none of the bad parts have caused an accident, the military does not like
their own quality inspectors to find so many defects, and then have to go
through all the effort of getting the parts replaced by the manufacturer. The
problem is blamed on a Sikorsky cost cutting measure, that reduced the number
of quality control inspectors 89 percent (from 70 to 8.) This time around,
Sikorsky has fired some senior people and promised to make it all better.