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Technical Operations systems specialists are critical to the safe operation and efficient functioning of aviation communications, computer, navigation and power systems critical to safe air travel.

 

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Aviation Safety

Aviation Safety employees, including aviation safety inspectors, oversee every aspect of the aviation industry to ensure the safety and efficiency of your flight.

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Mission Support and Flight Inspection employees, such as mission specialists and procedures development specialists, provide services essential to ground- and space-based navigation systems.

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Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technical employees, is sharing updated information related to the state of air traffic operations in the Chicago area following the incident on Friday when a contract employee deliberately set a fire in the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU ARTCC) telecom room, causing significant damage to Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) equipment and disrupting service. The damage resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technical employees represented by the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS) are on the scene in Chicago addressing a situation that triggered the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights at O’Hare International Airport and nearby Midway Airport. Due to a fire earlier in the day currently under investigation at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora, Ill., the facility has been shut down and all air traffic services suspended.

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At the start of the 2014 Labor Day weekend, Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO, released the following statement:

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The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS) congratulates Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on his nomination by President Obama to serve as board chairman.

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On behalf of the 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees represented by the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), I urge the denial of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit. The convoluted scheme to register the airline in one country, contract pilots from another, and operate out of yet another is, quite simply, a recipe for disaster. NAI’s plan will no doubt create regulatory headaches as this country attempts to monitor the use of such an airline in this country. More importantly, the concept robs this country of its ability to participate in fair competition.

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