Investigation of Fatal Crash Highlights Lack of FAA Oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday’s determinations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) pinpointing the FAA’s failure to oversee Chalk Ocean Airways maintenance programs following the 2005 crash that killed 20 people has raised serious concerns outlined today by the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), the union that represents Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors.

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FAA Program Continues to Cause Disruptions and System Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, today cited the most recent system failures as an example of ongoing problems with the Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) circuitry and communications system. Since its inception, the FTI program, which is provided by Harris Corporation and maintained by untrained contractors in facilities around the country, has been the source of countless outages, delays and safety problems.

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Consumer Reports Investigation Finds Safety Concerns Due to Outsourcing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, today called the findings of a new investigation by Consumer Reports (March 2007) a "wake up call to the FAA." The article titled, "An accident waiting to happen?" explores the air safety concerns arising from the increasing trend of outsourcing maintenance and inspection responsibilities.

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PASS President Statement on Consumer Reports Investigation

My name is Tom Brantley and I am the president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), an AFL-CIO union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, including aviation safety inspectors. Joining me is Keith DeBerry, an aviation safety inspector and PASS national assistant.

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PASS President Testifies Before Congress on Critical Aviation Safety Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, to discuss proposals vital to aviation safety, including contract negotiations between the FAA and its unions, staffing of the technician and inspector workforces, the FAA’s application of its designee programs, and the FAA’s reauthorization proposal. PASS, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is the oldest and second largest FAA union, representing about 11,000 FAA employees both in the U.S. and abroad.

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FAA Systems Specialists Celebrate Success of New Guam CERAP

AGANA, GUAM - The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union representing FAA systems specialists, pronounced a job well done today following the dedication ceremony of the new Guam Combined Center Radar Approach Control (CERAP) at A.P. Won Pat International Airport, which houses all air traffic control operations for the Western Pacific area.

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