Somehow I can't find the CNN transcript on the piece that aired today about the revolving door problem between the FAA and the airline industry, which is at the foundation of the cozy relationship between the airlines and the FAA. Seems to have been edited out.
As an air traffic controller we have been subjected for the last 5+ years to the "airlines as our customers" culture. It goes way beyond retaliating against whistle blowers. The newly trained controllers ( I've been doing it for 27 years) are trained to believe that complying with every request from airline pilots is top priority without regard to the negative impact it may have on safety. I truly hope Mr. La Hood is sincere when he says its a new FAA
Monteleon's comments on how things work at the FAA is just the tip of the iceberg. NOTHING gets done in the aviation industry without payoffs, bribes, kickbacks or just plain dirty tricks. I know, I used to work in it and left because of it. My employer was adding tens of thousands of dollars to invoices for repairs to parts that were never performed. Counterfeit parts are rampant, counterfeit paperwork that is supposed to ensure engine parts are still within usable limits are common. My former boss tried to sell an engine part that had been repaired so many times its serial number was worn off. No I do not fly anymore because I have seen way too much. Its been the 'good ole boys' club for way too long...and yes inspectors do get bought off.
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