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CAMA-Counterfeit Components Epidemic Flight 214

Posted by Todd Kramer on Jul 8, 2013 9:51:00 PM

CAMAIn discussion with other Counterfeit Avoidance Mark Alliance (CAMA) board members the news of Flight 214 crashing in San Francisco was the single topic of the day. News video of the plane crash landing made us cringe while at the same time reminded us just how important the success of counterfeit avoidance/mitigation really is.  CAMA is based on the SAE’s Standards AS6081, AS5553A and AS6174 and the International IECQ Conformity Assessment Certification Program, IECQ-AP-CAP

While it is far too soon to draw any conclusions, it was hard not to consider that this could beflight214 the result of a faulty electronic system.   The group based this on the latest information regarding the pilots perhaps not realizing that they were flying too slowly.  

In 2011 Senators Levin and McCann of the US Senate Armed Services Committee reported the cost of counterfeit electronic components in life critical military equipment to be a $6 Billion per year problem for the United States of America.   Since airing this report, other governments have claimed their military equipment does not have counterfeit electronic parts such as those discovered in American Military Aircraft and equipment.   Despite repeated government denials, CBC News confirmed that in fact, some of Canada’s new Hercules transport planes have counterfeit electronic parts traced back to Mainland China in their cockpits. The counterfeit parts identified could leave pilots with blank instrument panels in mid-flight.  Worse yet they could provide pilots with incorrect information!

Counterfeit Electronic Part Failure can leave pilots flying blind. Whether in a combat zone, a commercial airliner, or a regional aircraft, instrumentation failure such as altitude, speed, location, fuel supply, engine performance, or warning messages can cause catastrophic results.

Initial reports from the NTSB are that Flight 214 was flying to low and to slow coming in on its heels.

Could it be that their instruments were giving faulty readings due to a counterfeit component?

Over the weekend, in another report from Russia, is that prosecutors have finally completed their investigation and prosecution of those responsible for one of the most notorious cases of military corruption in Russian history: the use of obsolete and counterfeit parts in Russian warplanes built by Russian manufacturers.

These actions stem from 2007, when Algeria told Russia that it was cancelling their $1.3 billion purchase of 28 MiG-29 fighters and returning the ones already delivered. Algeria insisted that there were quality issues and that some of the aircraft were assembled from old parts. At first russian flagRussian officials refused to believe the Algerians.  The publicity this scandal received caused the Russian government to look more intently into the counterfeit or defective aircraft parts situation. Russian aviation officials were alarmed when, upon inspecting 60,000 aircraft parts, they found that nearly a third of them were counterfeits. While most of the substandard fake parts came from neighboring countries, many were made in Russia. Identified as the primary sources of counterfeit parts, (estimated to be 80 percent) Western nations would like to get both Russia and China to crack down on those in their countries that are doing the counterfeiting.  Counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, run by people who know how to bribe politicians scam buyers worldwide. Counterfeiting kills! Phony medicines and aircraft engine parts have been linked to deaths in Africa and Asia, where the imitation goods are often sold.  Regardless of the cause of the ASIANA Flight 214 we must put a stop to the Worldwide Counterfeit Epidemic once and for all.

If you are serious about helping our nation solve this problem worldwide you too should become involved in the Counterfeit Avoidance Mark Alliance (CAMA), the only not for profit organization with a proven international reputation.

I encourage you to look at the 4 short videos on the CAMA home page for additional information,

For details about our organization you can visit this website

Or you can contact me directly.  As the first company in the world to undergo an Accredited International Conformity Assessment Certification to the SAE AS 6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard, I am confident that I can help you understand the process, investment and value.

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