GREAT EXPLANATION ABOUT EXPANSION OF NTSB ROLE IN AVIATION SAFETY

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The NTSB and the FAA recently announced an agreement in which the FAA would share data collected by the agency. Not information about a crash or even a system with known defects, but the reams of data points gathered by the FAA and the industry from normal operations. The press release about that expansion of the NTSB’s involvement in the FAA’s business was scant and circumspect. That minimal description for this transfer of files from the FAA to the NTSB was greeted with some skepticism.

John DeLisi, the Director of the Office of Aviation Safety, must have heard those questions and went to the NTSB blog, NTSB Safety Compass, to write an explanation. His rationale rings true and makes it clear that this expansion is well supported by a valid need.

Good explanation, John; thorough discussion of the logic for governmental action is always a good practice, especially in these days when there are concerns about unnecessary invasions into information sources.

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