Another Failed FAA Safety Program

The Inspector General of the Department of Transportation has recently published, without fanfare, its report stating that the ATOS safety program started in 1998 has failed in its effort to implement a comprehensive safety and inspection process within...

All Part 121 and 135 certificate holders have numerous other safety reporting requirements that include among others: mechanical interruption reports, mechancial reliability reports, service difficulty reports, and NTSB accident reports.These are just some of the reporting requirements for air carriers, but the point is that with all of the above safety systems that seem to be partially or totally flawed, do we need any more?


Stephen P. Prentice is an attorney whose practice involves FAA-NTSB issues. He has an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and is an ATP rated pilot. He is a USAF veteran. Send comments to

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