Transportation Policy

Can the FAA Be Trusted to Fix Air-Traffic Control?


Instapundit asks, "Can the FAA be trusted to fix air traffic conrol?" and points to the Investor's Business Daily piece by John Merline on the topic:

In the wake of a raft of air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules to combat fatigue. But this problem has dogged the FAA for years.

Fatigue is just one piece of a long history of FAA management problems with the air traffic control (ATC) system, according to an IBD review of government reports and audits and various news accounts. Just last week, the Transportation Department's inspector general announced two audits focusing on air traffic controller mistakes.

To some, this record calls into question whether the FAA can be trusted to fix the problems plaguing the ATC.

Reason Foundation transportation expert Robert Poole, for example, argues that the FAA's problems stem from its dual role as operator and regulator of air traffic control, which he says "creates a potential conflict of interest."

The story documents ongoing issues with the FAA's management of air traffic. 

Whole thing here.

Watch's "Your Flight Has Been Delayed—and it's Washington's Fault," which features Poole and lays out a proven reform strategy to spin off air-traffic conrol to safer, more efficient system:

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  1. Who will regulate the regulator???!!!11!??

  2. Of course they can.

    We just need to triple their budget. That always works.

  3. It’s pretty hard to argue that anyone made these guys act like irresponsible jackasses, right at the point that technology is becoming capable enough to take over many of the actually rather routine functions that seem to be the fodder of “controller fucks up again” headline grabbers.

    Keep it up, fuzzballs. Futz yourselves outta relevance, and the flying public will probably appreciate the increased safety rates.

    1. Robots. Don’t. Take. Naps.

      Ya hear me, FAA?

      1. Or need a pension plan.

  4. FAA has proven on several occasions that it cannot even deploy IT upgrades, end it, don’t even try to mend it.

  5. So Glenn Reynolds found some time between calling for nuclear strikes against North Korean civilians, supporting torture and Total War, and linking to Amazon, to write about the FAA. Good for him.


    1. He linked to a story written by John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily. You DO understand how his website works, right?

      1. Yes, I understand how his website works. He usually links to war-mongering torture-supporting neo-cons with a question so he later he can later claim that he didn’t endorse that particular article. but he did. but not really. or did her?

        1. or did *he*? (not her)

          1. Jay’s always suffered from gender confusion. Poor boy.

  6. I think the FAA is doing a great job with that they have to work with. The TSA now, thats another story. Biggest waste of an agency there is dude.

  7. “”In the wake of a raft of air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules to combat fatigue.”‘

    This wasn’t a problem back in the day when anyone could get a script for legal speed. Pop a couple of pills, you’re wide awake for the whole shift.

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