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.
Aviation Safety employees, including aviation safety inspectors, oversee every aspect of the aviation industry to ensure the safety and efficiency of your flight.
Mission Support and Flight Inspection employees, such as mission specialists and procedures development specialists, provide services essential to ground- and space-based navigation systems.
The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents over 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees including airway transportation systems specialists, is calling attention to a serious staffing issue at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The staffing levels of airway transportation systems specialists, who are responsible for ensuring the functionality of communications systems, computer systems, navigational aids and power systems vital to safe air travel and the mission of pilots and controllers, is at a critically low level at DCA, and has been so for some time.
The FAA’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs (VSRP) for Technical Operations and Air Traffic collaborated to tackle a problem with portable signal light guns used by tower controllers to signal pilots and ground personnel when radio communications are not available.
The FAA recently shared this update with PASS regarding progress with the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). PASS has many Article 13 representatives and subject matter experts contributing to the FAA’s modernization efforts. For more information about these representatives and contact information, click here.
“As long as I am able, I will always help to make a difference.” These words serve as a personal motto for Chapter IN3 member Bridget Turner. Much like Florida PASS members Anthony Finklea and Doug Lowe earlier this month, Turner helped organize and facilitate an Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy summer program last week. Held in Indianapolis, Turner volunteered her time to participate in the ACE program, which is intended to have a positive impact on the lives of middle and high school aged students who have career aspirations in aerospace and aviation.
In late June, members of the PASS Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Safety Team held a national meeting in Atlanta, Ga., that coincided with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) conference and exposition. The ASSE conference is an annual event providing an opportunity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals to learn from recognized speakers, visit with vendors and informational booths, and connect with other safety professionals. The event in Atlanta was the ideal chance for the ATO Safety Team not only to meet and plan for the future, but also to learn important safety-related information and updates.