Yes, the project should be carried to completion. Thank you for numerating the pro and con arguments. The need to know with the highest degree of certainty, the potential or lack thereof of this failure mechanism of a critical structural component, in other words the safety aspect - should outweigh the financial aspect. Additionally, maintaining the credibility of the association as well as it's relevance to the decision making process, is in the best long term interest of the membership. It may be a little pricey in the short term, but it will pay dividends on the long run, maybe on the next issue around the corner that affects the entire fleet. I normally don't include my entire signature block, as I can not bind my association, but if there is anything I can do personally to help - please let me know.
Chairman, Government Affairs,
Allied Pilots Association,
representing the pilots of American Airlines.