FAA Giving Away Critical Flight Safety Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The FAA has recently approved contracting out the development of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures for airlines and airports in the United States to Naverus, a private organization that provides performance-based aviation navigation worldwide. This decision has the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), the union that represents flight procedures specialists extremely alarmed and concerned.

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FAA Technicians Brief Congress on Modernization Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, to share concerns regarding the FAA’s modernization efforts, including the lack of PASS involvement in modernization projects, understaffing of the technical workforce, and the FAA’s proposals for reauthorization.

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FAA Continues to Ignore Flawed FTI Program

CHICAGO, IL – The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), the union that represents more than 11,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, today cited the system failures in Chicago yesterday as yet another example of serious safety and efficiency problems with the flawed system. The failure at O’Hare Airport resulted in over 100 delays with the impact felt in operations at Aurora, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Kansas Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs).

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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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