Lawmakers examined aviation safety today during a hearing before the House aviation subcommittee. During Wednesday's session, lawmakers and witnesses focused on operational errors and examined runway safety.
Margaret Gilligan, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, described the progress that FAA is making in implementing aviation safety legislation that Congress passed in 2010. Gilligan highlighted how the FAA completed a final rule on pilot fatigue and has proposed a rule on increasing the minimum number of flight hours for first officers from 250 to 1,500.
Jeffrey Guzzetti, DOT assistant inspector general for aviation and special programs, called for more FAA oversight on runway incursions. He testified that serious runway incursions declined from 53 in 2001 to 7 in 2011. However, he warned that trend may be reversing since FAA has already reported 12 serious runway incursions this year.
AAAE Airport Legislative Alliance members may view the full Hearing Report online at http://aaae.org/federal_affairs/airport_legislative_alliance/hearing_reports/.