Heard the latest negative FAA saying? We're not happy until your not happy. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 13:49

Have you ever wanted to smile really big and say this to an inspector just before he started his inspection or your check ride? I really hope that you didn’t.

I have been involved in aviation long enough to remember a time when that statement rang true, but I believe that a lot of positive changes have taken place in the last few years. I have been a volunteer in the various Federal Aviation Administration sponsored safety programs for over 20 years and have seen education get in the left seat and enforcement placed in the jump seat. This is a great advancement for all of us that fly, no matter the level or certification.

The changes that we saw take place after 9/11 coupled with an FAA that sincerely believed that enforcement would make you a better pilot had to have a turning point. The change that took place was that the aviation community was made keenly aware that education linked to the knowledge that enforcement was available to those that needed or demanded strict attention to the problems they presented has been working. Also, the cut backs that our government has had to make because of budget constraints meant a leaner FAA to handle all the complaints.

Inspectors actually have a pretty tough job when you look at the work they perform. What we really have are about 50,000 people in the FAA trying hard to police 500,000 or more aviators who need constant help and attention. A quick visit to your local office will confirm the activity that I describe. They are at half staff at best in most offices. Every airplane that flies has someone that is responsible for it in some way, Airworthiness, Maintenance, Education, Research and Development, and if nothing else, random paperwork.

The FAA is full of thankless jobs and dedicated professionals who devote their entire careers to producing a better and safer aviation community. We actually do very little to help them in this project. What a chance to make a contribution. You can fly safer, understand the rules and follow them, be respectful of the authority, attend the safety meetings offered, volunteer for the FAA projects offered, or take a close look at what employment is currently being offered by the government and see if your time would be beneficial to them.

They pay a competitive salary, offer full benefits, and the work is interesting if you are in this industry. Want to see what is actually being offered and what is available in your own general area? Get on your computer and dial in www.faa.gov and pull up careers and jobs.

Whatever you decide to do, be nice in your approach. We are all chasing after the same goal, AVIATION SAFETY!

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James E. (Jim) Trusty ATP/CFI/AGI/IGI
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FAA National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year ‘97
FAA Regional Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year ’95 & ‘05

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