DOD reverse engineering projects and undocumented commerical spares

From:         behunin@oodis01.hill.af.mil (Roland L. Behunin;OO-ALC/LILAM)
Date:         06 Apr 93 04:59:36 PDT
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H: DOD reverse engineering projects are a major contributing factor to
the problem of undocumented spares in the commercial aviation
inventory.

I think a lot of people on this list read Aviation Week & Space
Technology.  A recent article said even the FAA fleet had about 37%
substandard or undocumented parts on them.  DOD has done a lot with
reverse engineering of aircraft parts.  I am wondering if the
companies that produce parts for the military think they are qualified
to make parts for commercial aviation because they have passed some
sort of testing for military aviation?

Roland