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Briefing September 2012 Issue

Briefing: September 2012

ATC SAFETY PROGRAM NOT WORKING

An FAA program for non-punitive reporting of safety concerns among air traffic controllers needs “significant improvements” before it can become effective, according to the Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG). The safety reports are meant to reveal safety issues while protecting the controllers who submit them, but the OIG says reports have been accepted that address “air traffic controller conduct issues,” rather than performance concerns. These include controllers falling asleep, viewing videos while on position, and refusing to take handoffs. This leaves us wondering: If those aren’t the safety issues worth reporting, what are?

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