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Archive | April, 2008

The FAA’s Failure to Protect the Skies

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 — David Evans

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An insider’s analysis By Gabriel Bruno My name is Gabriel Bruno and I am a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) manager and whistleblower who retired from the agency in 2006. I attended the 3 April 2008 U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing, on “Critical Lapses in FAA Safety Oversight of Airlines.” Sadly, […]

Testimony Claimed to be Misleading

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 — David Evans

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Just days after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee accused him of providing “inaccurate and misleading testimony” at a 3 April 2008 hearing, the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Nicholas Sabatini, was again in hot water. On 10 April 2008 Sabatini told the Senate Aviation Subcommittee that the FAA was “seeking input” from the […]

Plain Talk on Fatal Accident Rates

Monday, April 21, 2008 — David Evans

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And what they do not reveal in terms of net hazard Aviation safety has never been better, claimed Nicholas Sabatini at a 10 April 2008 hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation. The essence of Sabatini’s argument is presented below, followed by a few comments about the potentially misleading aspect of his remarks: […]

Culture & Customer Service Initiative Impede Safety Inspectors

Monday, April 21, 2008 — David Evans

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Obstacles galore are placed in front of aviation safety inspectors, making it very difficult to provide effective oversight, claims Tom Brantley, President of the Professional Aviation System Specialists (PASS). As a union, PASS represents 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, 2,900 of whom are field safety inspectors. Brantley laid out his bill of particulars in […]

Fatigue Continues to Cause Accidents

Monday, April 21, 2008 — David Evans

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Drowsy pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers are involved in too many accidents, according to Member Steven Chealander of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Testifying 10 April 2008 before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Aviation Subcommittee, he provided an excellent summary of the problem, but reflected the NTSB’s pallid position that only a […]

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