The US DoT ordered Qatar to pay $185,000 in penalties for flights, that did not use US airspace nor had US citizens onboard, in FAA restricted airspace. Why the unusual extension of US jurisdiction?
Aviation safety is a goal of every responsible airline. Unfortunately, not all airlines meet that target with the same level of success. The juxtaposition of the Western Air Express and Island Air announcements appears to show the difference between aspiration and achievement.
This decision should be placed into the broader context of the FAA’s emerging policy to work with, not against, the regulated. Air Methods was an early adopter and leader of SMS, so the public documents between the them and the FAA may provide some definitive marks on the tracking graph.
Cato Institute’s arguments saying the FAA is deterring innovation in aviation, the Uber in the sky, are worthy of analysis.
Andrea Castillo, program manager at the Mercatus Center, wrote a scholarly journal concluding the FAA is blocking supersonic travel. It is well researched and convincing, but deficient after critical analysis.
FAA’s language of the new Philosophy; cooperation and compliance, not the ticket-writing jargon of the past.
Three interesting moments in our business, which merit notes about the next step in their evolution.
Credit is due to the career FAA employees who abandoned whatever loyalty that they had developed for their first draft and who rewrote the policy based on these comments.