Letter: FAA, carriers fly high in the friendly skies
- By Todd Wilhelm, retired air traffic controller
- Sep 10, 2008
Regarding "FAA moves to improve safety oversight
," the FAA still encourages a cozy relationship with their "customers", i.e. the major air carriers. This obviously diminishes the agency's capabilities in its role of regulation and oversight of the airline industry — which is the job Congress has mandated for it.
In my opinion, the only fix for this is a total house-cleaning of upper level FAA management, beginning with the removal of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell. Congressman Oberstar, Chairman of the Aviation Sub-committee, called for this action a few months ago after a hearing, during which the cozy business relationship between the FAA and the air carriers was brought to light.What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.