GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT AN FAA EXECUTIVE SHOULD BRING TO THE DIFFICULT TASK OF REGULATING AVIATION SAFETY

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ARTICLE: My Father, My Teacher

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Being a regulator is a tough job. The position requires knowledge of flying, a command of the regulations (their origins, rationale and intent) and a passion for the mission of safety. The federal rules of employment tend not to optimize the promotion of excellence for they effectively discourage the taking of risks. Such behavior strives for high attainment, is essential for growth, develops judgment and in the long run is most likely to have superior results. Unfortunately, such willingness to explore on the high side of performance occasionally results in negative outcome and such a mark can kill careers.

This short essay by John Allen, Jr. who leads the Flight Standards organization, evidences an élan about his chosen profession. His thoughts have been cited here. He is the quintessential federal safety executive who knows his craft from practical skills in the cockpit to his comprehension of the difficult tasks of his associates in the field.

Thanks, John Allen, Sr. for parenting a good man for a tough job.

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