NATCA Statement: GAO Report on Aviation Safety - (10/13/2011)
CONTACT: Doug Church, 301-346-8245
WASHINGTON – NATCA President Paul Rinaldi issued the
following statement on Thursday’s Government Accountability Office report on
“The air traffic controllers are exceptionally proud of our
safety record and we are pleased that the GAO has validated the safety of our
“Our collaborative relationship with the FAA includes safety
reporting systems, such as the Air Traffic Safety Action Program, and we have
been proud to work with a broad group of aviation stakeholders to improve runway
safety for the past several years. In fact, just this week, NATCA participated
in a runway safety seminar hosted by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), the FAA and the International Federation of Air Traffic
Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA). NATCA also recently served as industry
co-chair of the Runway Safety Council.
“The level of communication with the FAA to address safety
on our nation’s runways is at a premium.
“The most important piece of the GAO study is this: the ‘FAA
has taken several steps to further improve safety at and around airports.’
“We take this report very seriously, and we are working
every day to ensure Americans’ safety in the skies. This includes
implementing procedural and technological changes to improve runway safety, collecting
more data on safety incidents, finding ways to share usable safety information
down to the local facility level and shifting toward risk-based analysis of
airborne and surface aviation safety information.
“The GAO reports, ‘the nation’s aviation system is arguably
the safest in the world.’ We take that even further: our nation’s aviation
system IS the safest in the world.”
National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents over 20,000 highly
skilled controllers, engineers and other safety-related professionals.
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