Nine-hour FTI Outage At Austin Tower Could Have Been Avoided

AUSTIN, TX – Last week’s nine-hour Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) outage at the Austin Air Traffic Control Tower has the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents FAA technicians, wondering how and when the FAA will finally address the severe deficiencies in the quality of work being performed by contractors. A contractor working for Harris Corporation, which currently provides the FAA with circuitry and communications, turned a 30-minute issue into a nine-hour outage.

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PASS to Congress: FAA Neglecting Air Traffic Control Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), warned members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, today that the FAA is neglecting the buildings and facilities that accommodate critical National Airspace System (NAS) equipment and the employees who operate and maintain those systems.

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FLRA Sides with PASS on Collective Bargaining Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents FAA systems specialists, has cause for celebration following last week’s Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) decision in its favor regarding the FAA’s Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) case.

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PASS Praises House Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS) AFL-CIO, the union that represents FAA systems specialists and inspectors, applauded the House of Representatives today for passing critical legislation, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 2881), by a vote of 267 to 151. “H.R. 2881 is a pivotal piece of legislation to PASS and the aviation community,” said PASS President Tom Brantley. “We are pleased to see that lawmakers overwhelmingly recognized many of PASS’s issues and fought for their passage,” said PASS President Tom Brantley.

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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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