Sun, Mar 31, 2013
Suit Claims Agency Failed To Exercise Legal Obligation To Assess Risks To Safety
Saying the FAA failed to exercise its legal obligation to assess the risks to safety that might be caused by the shutdown of air traffic control operations, the Spokane, Washington airport board has filed suit to stop the closing of the tower at the city's Felts Field. The suit was filed Monday, March 25 in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington reports Bloomberg.
Felts Field is a reliever facility for Spokane International Airport. With 52,000 takeoff and landings annually, it fell just under the average of 54,000 operations where the FAA drew a line in the sand when determining its budget cutting tower closures. Some 149 small and midsize airports are slated to lose air-traffic control services by contractors as part of the FAA’s plan to trim $637 million in spending under so-called sequestration.
In a March 22nd letter to FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta the board asked that he delay the closure while the court reviews its petition. However, if Huerta declines Larry Krauter, chief executive officer of the airport board, said “we will ask the court for a temporary restraining order.”
The letter argues that the FAA's own policies require it "to assess the risks associated with significant changes to air traffic procedures” before “any such change is implemented, and which the FAA has entirely failed to apply in this action.”
The safety review is among legal obligations which “are not excused by the sequestration legislation,” according to the letter.
ESN-1 Was Built From The Production Design, Tooling After years of waiting... and doubting... ICON Aircraft has unveiled what it says is the first production A5, an aircraft the co>[...]
Also: AvNav EFB, Lockheed Martin, One Week Wonder Update, Pelton Intvw-Part3 It was hard to miss the energy, enthusiasm, and interest in aviation by hundreds of women celebrating a>[...]
Membership Feels Flight Path Still On The Center Line EAA held its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, at 08:30 on 30 July 2014 at Oshkosh, WI. in the Theater of the Woods. In >[...]
OSH2014 Sponsor: Bendix-King by Honeywell The history of the Bendix name runs parallel to the development of King Radio until the mid-1980s, when the Allied Corporation purchased B>[...]
BRS Parachutes: Defining Aviation Safety It's a simple idea, really. A parachute which will, when deployed, turn what could be a very bad situation into one in which not only the o>[...]