FAA Technical Employees Troubled by FAA Attempts to Eliminate Certification
House Lawmakers Echo Concerns to Inspector General
For decades, FAA technicians have routinely evaluated and tested the systems and equipment in the NAS, regardless of their ownership, to ensure their safe operation - a successful practice that has been vital in maintaining a safe and efficient air transportation system. However, the FAA has made a drastic change to its policy in order to allow systems and services that are not owned by the FAA to be deployed without certification. The first system to be impacted by this change is one of the cornerstones of NextGen, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) system. "In essence, the FAA is attempting to eliminate inherently governmental functions in order to justify handing over the NAS to private contractors who are focused primarily on maximizing profits and meeting the absolute minimum of safety standards," said PASS President
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair
PASS will testify before the House Subcommittee on Aviation Wednesday to express concerns over the FAA's certification policy. In addition, PASS will caution that as the FAA moves forward into new territory, it is ignoring several key issues that have the potential to impact the successful implementation of NextGen, including involvement of stakeholders in modernization efforts and the staffing and training of the FAA technical workforce. A copy of PASS testimony and the letter from Oberstar and Costello will be available on
PASS represents more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems. For more information, visit the PASS website at www.passnational.org.
Contacts: Kori Blalock Keller Jessica Cigich (202) 293-7277
SOURCE Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO