FAA NEEDS TO TIGHTEN ITS LEASH ON CONTRACTORS

Orlando Radar Outage Reaffirms Problems With Harris FTI

 

ORLANDO, FL  - A radar outage earlier this month at Orlando International Airport (OIA) has the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS) again questioning the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of contractors responsible for transitioning from MCI to Harris Corporation’s Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI), which provides circuitry and communications for the FAA.

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FAA SUPERVISOR REFUSES MEDICAL LEAVE FOR WORKER SUFFERING CHEST PAINS

Lack of Common Sense Delays Medical Attention

OLATHE, KS - Last week, an employee at Olathe Mid-State Operations Control Center (MOCC) was denied medical leave after complaining of chest pains to his supervisor according to the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union representing FAA systems specialists.

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OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT CONFIRMS ALARMING INCREASE IN OUTSOURCED AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, REPAIR

Oversight of Non-Certificated Repair Stations Called Into Question

WASHINGTON, DC— Professional Airways Systems Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents FAA safety inspectors, today reacted to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) confirming a steep rise in aircraft repair and maintenance being performed at non-certificated facilities.

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CONTRACTOR SNAFU AT NEWLY PRIVATIZED LEESBURG FLIGHT SERVICE STATION

Confirms Fears of Sub-Par Contractors Operating Vital Systems

LEESBURG, VA – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS) is baffled by a ridiculous contractor error made Monday, which left the Leesburg flight service station without critical power for close to four hours after a Lockheed Martin contractor mistakenly killed the power to all National Airspace System (NAS) equipment.

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LACK OF STAFFING AT CLEVELAND CENTER HIGHLIGHTED BY LATEST OUTAGE

 

Insufficient Staffing and Open Watches Causes More Problems

CLEVELAND, OH – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO) are again drawing attention to insufficient staffing levels at Cleveland Center following a radar outage last week, which could have been resolved in minutes instead of hours had the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had the appropriate shift coverage. “This is just another example of why the FAA cannot leave open watches at these facilities and expect that everything will be fine,” said Tom Brantley, national president of PASS.

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SENATORS STAND UP FOR FAA WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Bill Would Promote Fair Resolution of Contract Disputes

WASHINGTON, DC– Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) today introduced the “FAA Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006,” which would protect federal employees’ collective bargaining rights by preventing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from unilaterally imposing contract terms on FAA employees through its misinterpretation of the law.

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