- May 20, 2004
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.....US House of Representatives today will unveil legislation that, if passed, will require more stringent screening and training for pilots flying commercial aircraft. The Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009 is being introduced by bipartisan leadership of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the subcommittee on aviation including James Oberstar (D-Minn.), John Mica (R-Fla.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) and Thomas Petri (R-Wis.). The proposed law follows a series of Congressional hearings on the February crash of a Colgan Air Q400 that killed 50. A committee spokesperson told ATWOnline yesterday that in addition to improving training and screening for would-be commercial pilots, it would implement recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (ATWOnline, June 25).
by Sandra Arnoult
I never expect much from the Federal govt....What's really sad is that ALPA has never pushed for this.....Sad that congress has to step in and do the job the FAA has refused to do for decades. Yes this can be good or bad (or both), but I think this also should serve as a wake up call to congress and others in government that the FAA is failing in its duties. Congress should not have to act on this if the FAA actually cared about safety.
The problem is that feds, POI's ect. have their own career and progression to worry about. They don't want to stir things up and get labeled as a trouble maker, so to speak. It's an ugly beast. I can think of a few occasions where I had a fed in the jump, showed him my 6 leg/13.5 hr duty day pairing, and got the reaction you would expect. Anything come out of it? NO.Sad that congress has to step in and do the job the FAA has refused to do for decades. Yes this can be good or bad (or both), but I think this also should serve as a wake up call to congress and others in government that the FAA is failing in its duties. Congress should not have to act on this if the FAA actually cared about safety.
Problem is the flying public doesn't want our best. They want the best that shopping at WalMart/Sam's Club or ordering off the dollar menu at McDonald's will get them...Unless we wash out about 5-10% of the current regional pilot ranks, this will happen again.
There are just too many SJS sufferers out there flying around.
And I really wish people would quit blaming Buffalo on fatigue. This is classic "don't blame the pilot feel good talk."
The crew, and especially the captain royally effed up. People make mistakes. It's about time that as professionals we grow up and admit that one of our own failed at being a proficient airman. Until pilots accept the responsibility for their airmanship we'll have more accidents.
No wonder the government is taking over. The pilots have lost control of their own profession. We are going to have the authority of the PIC reduced further and further until it finally reaches equilibrium with the skill level and professionalism of our weakest members.
Wash 'em out. No one has a right to a 121 career. The flying public deserves our best.
Funny how no one "shops" around for the best deal on heart surgeons..
When they stop hiring low timers and start paying for real pro's, I see more accidents coming.
You get what you pay for.