In the Feb. 4 News article about Moog's involvement in the V-22 Aircraft Program, I believe the reporter made a concerted effort to achieve a balanced presentation of the facts, but it's a difficult subject to treat in limited space.
In addition, the particular phrasing chosen for the headlines left the impression in the minds of many readers that the article was an indictment of our company.
I believe this because of the outraged reaction of so many Moog employees and because of the expressions of condolence I've received from friends and acquaintances. As they see it, the article conveyed the impression that the V-22 Aircraft Program is in trouble, in part, because of faulty equipment supplied by Moog. Let me try to clear up that impression.
There were no failures or deficiencies of Moog hardware that were in any way connected with the crashes of aircraft. Moreover, with the exception of slightly excess leakage, on very complex hydraulic flight control actuators -- the spec. limit is two drops per 50 cycles -- the Moog hardware is not deficient in any respect. The problems associated with the fluid compensation valve, which were the focus of considerable attention in the article, have to do with an adjustment setting that is in the control of our customer.
It is my understanding that the V-22 Aircraft performs its mission admirably. While operational test and evaluation reports are critical of the maintenance effort required to support the aircraft, the sources of the maintenance problems have been identified and I believe they can be corrected.
The future of the program may be in doubt because of the recent crashes and the attendant loss of life. Unfortunately, most innovative aircraft programs, those that truly enlarge our technological capability, have had similar experiences. I believe that, ultimately, the problems will be understood and solved and the aircraft will become reliable and safe.
We have a dedicated staff of skilled engineers and technicians who have worked on this program for 15 years and have achieved remarkable success in meeting some challenging requirements.
I know it was not The News' intent to demean the results of their efforts and suggest that Moog was delivering deficient hardware to the U.S. military, but it seems that some readers got that impression from the story. I hope we've been able to correct that impression.
ROBERT T. BRADY
Chairman and CEO