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in the air - who's responsible?
Every year an average of 1.5 billion passengers travel by air. BWN Spotlights
a major player in the aerospace industry, Schlosser Forge, responsible
for forging "life critical" aerospace parts so vital to our safety. |
Every year an average of 1.5 billion passengers
travel worldwide. Everyday commercial, cargo and military jets takeoff and land.
As passengers, we seldom give much thought to the "life critical" parts that allow
us to safely travel sky-bound to our intended destinations. Today we investigate
one of the giants in the aerospace industry, responsible for the forging of these
"life critical" aerospace parts. |
The Schlosser Forge company began
its operations 30 years ago with one single-minded focus; to leave the indelible
impression of integrity, honesty and quality on the minds of the companies they
interact with. An impression that unfortunately has become the exception, rather
than the norm in today's business environment.
But for a company responsible
for directly affecting the state of safety on our commercial & military aircraft,
one would expect such a code of honor to be adopted.
On further investigation,
through the Department of Transportation, Business World News learned that aircraft
crashes totaled 4% of all transportation incidences worldwide, whereas ground
transportation incidences totaled 70%. In 1997 there were 25 airline crashes,
totaling 854 deaths.
Although it pales in comparison to the 42,420
deaths by motor vehicle accidents that same year, even one aircraft crash is not
acceptable, as it usually means the loss of hundreds of lives at once since aircraft
carry a lot more passengers than the average car.
As a result this
reality directs Schlosser Forges' unparalleled dedication to the forging of the
parts that affect the increasing levels of safety we are experiencing in the aerospace