March 2011 Issue

Have FAA/Industry Safety Efforts Worked?

Not as well as everyone hoped, and GAs record wont improve without fundamental changes in our safety culture and training.

We in the general aviation (GA) community are fond of poking fun occasionally at the FAA. Most of the time, its to highlight a perceived and sometimes real tension between the community and the agency. Frequently, this takes the form of tired clichs such as, "Im from the FAA and Im here to help you," or another mythical phrase such as, "Were not happy until youre not happy." When I was FAAs lead GA executive in the early 2000s, my favorite became, "Weve just upped our standards, now up yours."

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