Brazilian Aviation Agency Losing More Leaders

 - August 28, 2007, 12:24 PM

The leadership of Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) is collapsing under the pressure of international criticism. ANAC director Jorge Brito Velozo, formerly of the Departamento de Aviação Civil, will resign today, and president Milton Zuanazzi is expected to resign by the end of the week, according to Adalberto Febeliano, executive vice president of the Associacão Brasileira de Aviacão Geral (Brazilian Association of General Aviation). The two resignations follow last Friday’s resignation by ANAC director Denise Abreu. The agency has been under intense scrutiny, Febeliano said, following the 2005 bankruptcy of Varig Airlines, last year’s Gol 737/ExcelAire Legacy 600 midair, the air traffic controller strike early this year and the TAM crash at Congonhas Airport in July. “Everyone was under criticism after those four large events,” Febeliano told AIN. “The public, especially the large media, wanted them to be guilty. They pointed their fingers at the agency the same way they pointed their fingers to the Legacy pilots last September. It is really more a matter of public pressure than of real mismanagement.”