FAA Aims For Kinder, Gentler Airline Oversight | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--08.19.19

Airborne UnManned--08.20.19

Airborne Unlimited--08.21.19

AMA Drone Report--08.22.19

Airborne Unlimited--08.16.19

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--08.19.19

Airborne UnManned--08.20.19

Airborne Unlimited--08.21.19

AMA Drone Report--08.22.19

Airborne Unlimited--08.16.19

Tue, Apr 07, 2009

FAA Aims For Kinder, Gentler Airline Oversight

But Carriers Still Wary Of Agency's Motives

The recent voluntary grounding of regional jets by Atlantic Southeast Airlines evoked memories of last year's harsh actions against Southwest and American Airlines over maintenance and documentation issues. So... will we see another spring travel season marred by the strandings of tens-of-thousands of passengers due to FAA action?

The Dallas Morning News reports the FAA is trying to avoid such a recurrence. The paper notes American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, recently discovered its mechanics had incorrectly reassembled pieces of a thrust reverser. But instead of again shutting down hundreds of flights, the airline and the agency agreed on a process which avoided disrupting the public's travel plans.

John Allen, FAA director of flight standards service, says the agency has learned a lot.

"We all have learned a lot since that time, and the winner is the American public," said Allen. "They get to not have aircraft grounded and impact their flying schedule, as occurred last spring."

It was feared by some that claims the FAA had become too cozy with the airlines it is charged with regulating would result in more aggressive action this year, threatening the reliability of airlines.

Allen says the FAA is preparing a report that will provide guidance to inspectors in judging the seriousness of a violation. "It's going to provide a flow chart, if you will, and a process to help our inspectors not be black and white, but be more understanding of the nuances and who to reach out to," he said.

Tim Wagner, spokesman for American, said his airline and others are still watching their backs after the sudden FAA crackdown last year. In the past, he says, technicians "used to be trusted to do work that met the safety requirements of an airworthiness directive, even if it didn't match the extreme letter of the law," he said. "But now the FAA is administering to the letter of the law, and we are adjusting to that change in how the FAA operates."

Wagner also notes the FAA has stepped up the number of investigations it conducts after last year's flap.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.aa.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 08.19.19: Blue Angel Incident, Tecnam P2012, New Orleans Tragedy

Also: VMS Eve Arrives 'Home', Bell 407GXi IFR Cert, Advanced G550 Course, Fake Mechanic Somewhere, there are two US Navy Blue Angel pilots who possess some very LUCKY rabbit's feet>[...]

Airborne 08.21.19: F16s 4 Sale, Roadster In Space, 200th Bell 505

Also: NetJets Pilot Sues, United 'Bottle to Throttle', Inhofe Workforce Development, Earnhardt Update An aircraft brokerage and leasing firm in Palm Beach, FL has listed an F-16AM >[...]

Airborne 08.21.19: F16s 4 Sale, Roadster In Space, 200th Bell 505

Also: NetJets Pilot Sues, United 'Bottle to Throttle', Inhofe Workforce Development, Earnhardt Update An aircraft brokerage and leasing firm in Palm Beach, FL has listed an F-16AM >[...]

AMA Drone Report 08.15.19: Amazon Petition, Mavic-Mini?, Eek! Drone Flamethrower

Also: Drone Shooter, DJI Pocket, DroneResponders, Passenger Drone Test Amazon has petitioned the FAA for a waiver from several current rules governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to a>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 08.20.19: ROBOpilot First Flight, Amazon Petition, EHang Test

Also: Saildrone Circumnavigates Antarctica, Falcon Research Project, AUVSI Innovation Challenge, Drone Traffic Testing The Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies succ>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC