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>Then again I don't suppose you get dodgy aircraft mechanics who'll turn a blind eye to things
Certainly not in commercial aviation, and there are crosschecks to prevent it even if you did, but in private planes like the old Cessnas, it's not as clear cut. However, they're very simple machines and part of the process of flying a plane, any plane, is for the pilot to thoroughly check everything, and you would be fucking thorough, wouldn't you? You can jump in a knackered car and the worst thing that'll happen is it'll stop working, maybe you'd be really, really unlucky and a wheel would fall off or something, but even then you have every chance of surviving. You don't really have that luxury in the air, your preflight check is literally verifying you will survive the flight.
The CAA are very good at legislating and certifying airworthiness, this is evidenced by the fact that a huge number of planes both private and commercial are twenty or thirty years old - it becomes a bit of a ship of Theseus at that point, but they keep running either way.
The entire airline industry, at least in this country, has done a fantastic job of fostering a safety first, no blame culture - if damage happens, if an engineer fucks up, if a pilot doesn't feel he is up to flying in certain weather, whatever - as long as it is reported and the aircraft remains on the ground until those doubts are removed, there is going to be no issue. Nobody would complain or call you up to shout at you about a delay, as long as you can articulate the reasons for it. It's a bizarre feeling to anyone coming into the industry from elsewhere, like I did, it's hard to imagine how relaxed and stress free you can be while working to very tight deadlines and million pound delays and damages, as long as the culture of your workplace accepts that shit happens, but as long as you are accountable and don't cover shit up, you have done the right thing.
This no-blame culture essential means that no engineer (or anyone else) really has a reason to be complacent or negligent, you have nothing to gain from it, really - most people develop poor working habits from the need to hide their mistakes or rush things, but as an aircraft engineer you might as well just do it properly because you take just as long as you need and nobody will be annoyed if you fuck up, provided you identify that you have fucked up. Also if you do fuck up and try to hide it you go to prison for manslaughter and never work in the industry again, so there's that too.