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More Than 18 Months to Prioritize Rulemaking Indicates a Low-Importance Effort

Friday, April 29, 2011 — David Evans

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More Than 18 Months to Prioritize Rulemaking Indicates a Low-Importance Effort

How to prioritize rulemaking projects is a new task which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will assign to a committee of experts. This committee, known as the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), will meet behind closed doors, its deliberations not open to the public, according to a 19 April announcement in the Federal Register. For […]

Memorandum an Affront to Air Safety

Monday, April 25, 2011 — David Evans

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Memorandum an Affront to Air Safety

For a perfectly useless document, look no further than the latest Information for Operators (InFO) published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). InFO 11007 issued on 10 March 2011 concerns “Regulatory Requirements Regarding Accommodation of Child Restraint Systems”. The title suggests that the FAA is doing something meaningful about requiring infants and toddlers to have […]

Removal of Lavatory Oxygen Shrouded in Speculation

Monday, April 25, 2011 — David Evans

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Removal of Lavatory Oxygen Shrouded in Speculation

The order to remove emergency oxygen from lavatories of transport-category airplanes is a done deal, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did indicate that public comments would be accepted on the matter. (See Aviation Safety Journal, March 2011, “Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories” and “ ‘Huge Favor’ To Airlines Ordering Emergency Oxygen Removed From […]

Response to Controller-Fatigue Issue Largely Symbolic

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 — David Evans

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Response to Controller-Fatigue Issue Largely Symbolic

With ever more reports of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job, those responsible for their work schedules are in full damage control mode. Within the past 30 days, there have been seven reports of sleeping controllers, beginning with a lone controller dozing in the tower shortly after midnightat at Washington Reagan Airport forcing two airliners […]

Controllers Sleeping On The Job; So Is The FAA

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 — David Evans

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Controllers Sleeping On The Job; So Is The FAA

By Gabe Bruno Executive Director FAA Whistleblowers Alliance With the political embarrassment that the recent sleeping controller reports have brought to the Obama Administration (including Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt), it was inevitable that someone would be fired. The only question was who, and Hank Krakowski, FAA Chief of Air Traffic, […]

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