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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has been campaigning for the FAA to hire more controllers as a wave of retirements is expected to hit the agency in the next few years.
The FAA (news - web sites) said such an event ordinarily wouldn't require an investigation, but a report was written and sent to the Air Force because it involved the vice president.
Originally posted by PistolPeteI've been told there are guys that have been controllers for a while that are scared to fly, and only do so after a stint in the airport bar or under sedation because they know whats really going on up there.
Originally posted by RANT
Aren't these the Reagen scabs about to retire? What's the plan here to handle this huge risk to air safety? More nothing? Perhaps a committee?
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Anytime a plane comes within a mile of another plane, it is considered a near-miss. It's kind of a technicality, as pointed out in the quote above.
Originally posted by PistolPete
This profession isn't that hard.
I know quite a few, at several airports around the Detroit area. None of them have EVER said it's anything remotely close to being an easy job.
Originally posted by Blackout
Oh God he's still alive...I mean thank God he's still alive!