Congressional oversight of the FAA’s safety function is all too often an opportunity to grab headlines by sensational statements that are not always grounded in the facts. Today the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation is holding a hearing which will examine a number of aviation safety issues. This is a press release written by Republicans about a Democrat led FAA, a major opportunity to push a political agenda. Instead, the below quoted paragraph is an excellent statement of where aviation safety is and of the goal to improve upon that record:
“The United States’ aviation system is the safest in the world. There were zero commercial passenger fatalities in the U.S. in 2011 and in the past five years, there has only been one tragic and fatal commercial passenger airline accident. In terms of aviation safety, even one accident is one too many, but to provide some perspective, in that same five year time frame roughly 52 million flights were operated safely.
Although the U.S. aviation system is very safe, there is always room for improvement where safety is concerned.”
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