Communications Failure at Memphis Airport Highlights FAA Negligence

MEMPHIS, TN - Yesterday’s communications outage at Memphis International Airport was completely preventable, says the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technicians. At fault is the FAA’s failure to address serious deficiencies in Harris Corporation’s Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI), which provides circuitry and communications for the FAA.

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PASS President Warns Lawmakers of Dangers in FAA's ADS-B Contract

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents FAA technical employees who install, maintain, repair and certify radar, navigation and communication systems equipment, testified today before the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, to discuss its concerns regarding the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) contract. In his remarks, PASS President Tom Brantley told lawmakers that he was especially disturbed by the elimination of FAA certification of the system.

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IG Report Highlights Problems with FAA Internal Review of Safety Inspector Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees including aviation safety inspectors, are applauding a recent Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG) report, Actions Taken to Address Allegations of Unsafe Maintenance Practices at Northwest Airlines (Report Number AV-2007-080). “PASS is encouraged that the IG report addresses the critical need for the FAA to implement better internal review procedures to deal with inspector safety concerns,” said PASS National President Tom Brantley.

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PASS Changes Its Name

WASHINGTON, D.C The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) employees, voted to change its name to Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO. Among other things, PASS members install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems. PASS members are comprised of the following professions:

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Buffalo Communications Failure is the Latest Issue to be Ignored by the FAA

BUFFALO, NY - Tuesday’s telecommunications outage at Buffalo Airport has the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), the union that represents Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) technicians, wondering when the FAA plans to address serious deficiencies in Harris Corporation’s Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI), which provides circuitry and communications for the FAA. The outage comes on the heels of identical large-scale outages in Memphis, Austin and Jacksonville.

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PASS Highlights Safety Concerns at Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 11,000 FAA employees, including aviation safety inspectors, participated in the 2008 Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Summit. The summit, which was hosted by the Business Travel Coalition and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an opportunity for several members of the aviation community to come together and discuss the outsourcing practices of the U.S. airline industry and the increased use of foreign repair stations. PASS Regional Vice President Linda Goodrich served as a panel member and highlighted several areas of concern regarding FAA oversight of outsourced maintenance.

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