In an editorial a few weeks ago, The Washington Post, took the FAA and the DOT to task over reports that indicated neither organization was paying close enough attention to the allegations they ha
In a May 8 letter to the White House and Congress, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said, “The FAA has the highest rate of whistleblower filings per employee of any federal branch agency.” Half of those reports received by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) relate to aviation.
One of the pillars of modern aviation safety, cockpit resource management was introduced to commercial aviation more than two decades ago. Among other things, CRM was meant to draw the curtain on the era of the submissive copilot and flight engineer cowed by an overbearing “gear up, shut up” captain.
At AEI’s 38th Annual Congress last month in Hamburg one of Europe’s leading regulators refused to support aviation industry whistleblowers. According to Robert Alway, a spokesman for Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) of The Netherlands, while many countries at least give lip service to protecting whistleblowers, Luftfahrt Bundesamt, Germany’s counterpart to the FAA, refused to support them.
The last few months have been difficult for a number of aviation players. First, there were several whistleblower complaints from FAA aviation safety inspectors who risked their futures to make serious allegations against their management in the southwest region. These allegations had been under investigation for some time when the U.S. Congress decided to hold hearings and have FAA senior management respond to them in a public forum.