Congress gives agency $2 million more than it asked for, tells
it to hire more investigators
The General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is expressing its gratitude to
Congress for recent legislation that increased Fiscal Year 2005
funding for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Congress appropriated $2 million above the requested budget for the
NTSB and directed the agency to use these funds to hire additional
accident investigators for the NTSB's regional offices. GAMA's
legislative staff worked closely with the House and Senate
appropriations committees to ensure that this funding increase took
place for FY 2005.
"Ensuring the NTSB has sufficient regional staffing to send an
investigator to the site of every fatal general aviation accident
results in a more timely, orderly and thorough
investigation,” stated Ron Swanda, GAMA's Interim President.
“Unfortunately, many NTSB regional offices have been
understaffed for some time. This modest increase in the
NTSB’s budget should improve the quality of NTSB’s
field investigations, ensuring we have a thorough record of all the
facts that led to a tragic fatality -- allowing us to prevent
“It is reassuring to know that Congress recognizes that
the NTSB is the world’s premier agency for investigating
transportation accidents and has chosen to provide additional
funding to help keep it that way.” GAMA will continue to work
closely with Congress, the NTSB and GAMA members to ensure that all
general aviation fatal accidents are fully investigated.