The FAA on Tuesday awarded a $437 million contract to Raytheon to support the agency in training air traffic controllers.
Robert A. Sturgell
Speaking at this year’s EAA AirVenture, acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell defended the track record of various agency-industry cooperative safety and inspection programs against Congressional criticism and promised to crack down on those who abuse rules governing amateur-built aircraft.
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne last month criticized the FAA for issuing another emergency suspension order for a Part 135 operator, this time grounding Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek.
The FAA today wrapped up its first symposium focused specifically on managing fatigue in aviation.
In response to a report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general (IG) that revealed intentional misclassification of operational errors at the Dallas/Fort Worth Tracon, the FAA removed both the manager and assistant manager at the facility in late April and announced the agency will speed up deployment of the Traffic Analysis Review Program (TARP) at DFW.
On Friday, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne criticized the FAA for issuing another emergency suspension order for a Part 135 operator, this time grounding Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek.
There are signs that Washington has acquired a sense of urgency (long past due, some would say) about the disarray that has thus far stalled progress on ATC modernization. Last month’s appointment of former FAA ATO v-p of operations planning Vicki Cox to the new position of senior v-p for NextGen and operations planning raised some questions about the agency’s desire to be more involved in planning the future airspace system.
In a surprise move, the FAA announced late last week that it appointed ATO vice president of operations planning Vicki Cox to become senior vice president for NextGen and operations planning. While surprising, the step was not unwelcome, FAA and industry sources told AIN.
A DOT Inspector General report published late last week reveals that FAA managers at the Dallas-Fort Worth Tracon “routinely” and “intentionally” misclassified operational errors and deviations as pilot errors or non-events. The report was prompted by whistleblower allegations that management was covering up operational errors and deviations.
While many believe that the FAA will not have a new Administrator until after the next President takes office, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee has been blasting Democrats for blocking the confirmation of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to assume the post for a full five-year term.