Monday, March 21, 2011

Panic in the Tower, Chaos in the Sky

Panic in the Tower, Chaos in the Sky

February 23, 2011
By M. Douglas Wray
From INews – The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network:

Colorado air traffic safety concerns soar

Near mid-air collisions in Colorado may be triple FAA’s public disclosures



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I-News has analyzed 10 years’ worth of federal air safety reports and found that Colorado’s air traffic controllers reported more serious safety concerns last year than they had in the previous five years combined.
We then compared these reports – which are made to NASA – with data from the Federal Aviation Administration. We found the number of near mid-air collisions in Colorado since 2000 may be as much as three times higher than the FAA publicly reports. FAA officials say the NASA reports – which are anonymous – are not as precise as their own.
The near misses and dangerous decisions are sometimes blamed on inexperienced trainees or overtaxed veterans, according to the NASA reports. Concern is likely to mount as a

Air Safety Plummeting?
wave of controller retirements is expected to peak in Colorado next year.
Search and read the actual NASA air safety reports for yourself: NASA Safety Database

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Great, so the FAA has been (let’s use a nice word) ‘fibbing’ about how many ‘serious’ (as in could have caused a crash with loss of life) safety incidents there have been the past few years.
So maybe St. Reagan’s firing of air traffic controllers wasn’t such a great idea.
With lots of experienced controllers gone, (obviously) less-skilled ones were hired and after little time on the job were called ‘experts’ – when they clearly weren’t.
Now these wannabe Mavericks are teaching other controllers and the incidence of near-misses and near-disasters is soaring.
Golly. Letting the market control things sure doesn’t seem to be working out for the consumer. At least from the safety standpoint – and after all, isn’t that the bottom line? Getting there alive?