Aviation Safety: no news is good news

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Winston Churchill once wisely noted:

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The British nation is unique in this respect: they are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.”

Or as noted British author, Richard Llewellyn put it in his book, How Green was my Valley,

 

ca. 1970s, London, England, UK --- London: File photo shows British born writer Richard Llewellyn who died in Dublin 12/1 at age 76. His first novel achieved international acclaim, and was made into a successful film in 1940. Llewellyn entered hospital 11/30 after a cardiac arrest. --- Image by © The Bettmann Archive/CORBIS

“Bad news has good legs.”

Journalists find it hard to write about good news; nothing sells newspapers like a gruesome murder or corrupt politician. It is even more taxing to write about the absence of bad news.

 

If one minimizes the cacophony directed at the FAA by drone nation and the vociferous voices complaining about the impact of NextGen flight patterns on neighborhoods, the level of negativity from the press and the DC corps of critics (Congress, the OIG and the quintessential Inside-the-Beltway Institution, Think Tanks) has been at an unusually low level.

 

In 2014 and then 2015, a commenter contended that the FAA was under siege. There, the following assaults upon 800 Independence Ave.’s walls were considered threatening:

 

 

No news does seem to be good news for the FAA.

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