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NTSB Fails FAA Responses

by John M. White |  | 1 comment

Each year the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) issues its list of the Most Wanted Transportation Safety improvements for aviation, marine and rail operations. Once identified each issue is color coded to indicate how timely and what action has been taken on each of these issues. Red indicates unacceptable action response, yellow for acceptable but progressing slowly and green for acceptable response in a timely manner. Navigating to the NTSB Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements Aviation Issues Areas shows 6 issues, and all 6 are classified as Red, or "Unacceptable Response".
NTSB Fails FAA Responses Needless to say, this should be unacceptable and begs the question why the FAA can't seem to come up with a timely and acceptable response to these issues. Here is the list of issues the NTSB considers having unacceptable responses by our FAA:
  1. Reduce Dangers to Aircraft Flying in Icing Conditions;
  2. Improve Runway Safety;
  3. Require Image Recorders in Cockpits;
  4. Reduce Accidents and Incidents Caused by Human Fatigue;
  5. Improve Crew Resource Management;
  6. Improve Safety of Emergency Medical Services Flights.
As I look through this list each of these items have been around for a long time, in particular item number 4, "Reduce Accidents and Incidents Caused by Human Fatigue", which has recently been highlighted by Captain Sullenberger and his first officer after the "Miracle on the Hudson" landing of their AirBus aircraft. The real question is why pilot duty times have not been revised since the 1940s. You can navigate to the FAA's Fact Sheet on crew duty time and you will find the following explanation: "Overview of the Current Federal Aviation Regulations: Regulations limiting flight time and pilot rest have been in place since the 1940s. The rules for domestic flights do no explicitly address the amount of time a pilot can be on duty. Rather, the rules address flight time limitations Read more ...>" I don't know about you, but this makes me mad. All the money and employees the government has and they can't even fix a problem that has existed since the 1940s! What a crock! Let me know your thoughts - leave a comment to this post today! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 You are professionals trained to deal with three things that can kill you: gravity, combustion, and inertia. Keep them under control, and you'll die in bed. — Sailor Davis, long-time TWA ground school instructor.

Comments (1)

  • Jody G on June 24, 2019

    Absolutely. It’s one of the items highlighted in PBS’s analysis of the Colgan crash as well.

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