It would be wise for the FAA to take a more perspicacious approach and try to learn from other CAAs. They serve as useful aviation policy laboratories.
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While some governmental involvement seems inevitable, if not advisable, regulators should expedite the global implementation of the VNV peer approach.
Partly due to stresses created by competition from Gulf Carriers, but like the Delta/A4A situation, there were divides about whether the threat was legal.
The FAA has experienced how the misuse of safety records can negatively impact SMS.
The EC/EU/EASA unveiled an “Aviation Strategy for Europe.” The consequences of restraining the FAA’s international outreach efforts are being demonstrated.
Thank you, Ms. Gittens for adding some rationality to a story line which has been obsessed with the sensational.
The EASA work has flaws and some of those problems may have been the product of trying to respond quickly.
International aviation is safe, but when you have choices, you might increase your margin of comfort by remembering this article and the resources mentioned.