FAA VIOLATES STAFFING PROCEDURE DURING HURRICANE FRANCES

Effort To Avoid Paying Overtime Puts Staff, Air Traffic Control Equipment At Risk,

Detailed Memo from On-Site Technician Attached

WASHINGTON, DCAs Hurricane Frances descended on South Florida last weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration violated normal staffing procedures at the Miami Center (ARTCC), putting both technicians and vital air traffic control equipment at risk.

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More Inspectors Needed to Ensure Supervision of Designees

WASHINGTON, DCYesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an important report about aviation safety.  Specifically, the report examines the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) management of “designees” used to perform inspection and certification functions on commercial passenger aircraft.

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FAA TO ABANDON PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE, CERTIFICATION, OPTING for REACTIVE APPROACH

WASHINGTON, DC—Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, today announced opposition to the recommendations of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) reorganization plan.  PASS’s concerns focus primarily on the safety implications of abandoning a preventive approach to maintenance and certification in favor of a reactive model where employees would only take action when a problem occurs.

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