The FAA Funding “Debate”

The so-called “FAA funding debate” shouldn’t even be a debate. The airspace over the United States is a public resource, and control of that resource should be in the hands of the taxpayers via a taxpayer-funded organization like the FAA. Because when it isn’t, you get stuff like the 2002 mid-air collision over Switzerland that killed 71 people, which was a direct result of the controllers having too high a workload thanks to management trying to cut corners and save money.

(There was also an element of pilot error involved; the pilots of the Russian cargo plane ignored a TCAS resolution advisory that likely would have saved both planes and instead complied with the controller’s mistaken instruction to continue descending.)

posted by Chris on 04 September 2007 at 1444 in aviation


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