U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters Announces Steps to Improve Aviation Safety Inspection Program

Peters names independent study team to recommend improvements to FAA safety culture, implementation of safety program.


  • J. Randolph Babbitt served as the President and CEO of the Air Line Pilots Association and has been active with the organization since 1981. He is currently a partner with Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm providing specialized aviation and labor consulting services.
  • William O. McCabe served as former Director of Aviation DuPont and Member of Board of Governors at the Flight Safety Foundation. He has chaired the Aerospace Industries Association of America’s Civil Aviation Council and is a member of the AIA Board of Governors. He also is on the Safety Committee of the National Business Aviation Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation.
  • Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Faculty Chair of the Executive Program on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies. He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector.
  • Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson was appointed by President Clinton in July 1999 as the Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). For 25 years, Mr. Stimpson was President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), representing more than 50 companies involved in the manufacture of aircraft and component parts.
  • Hon. Carl W. Vogt was appointed by President Bush in 1992 as a Member and as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. In 1996, FAA Administrator David Hinson appointed Mr. Vogt as a member of the FAA Ninety Day Safety Review Committee. Also in 1996, Mr. Vogt was appointed by President Clinton as a member of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.

“Taken together, these new measures will improve aviation safety, answer tough questions and put travelers at ease,” said Secretary Peters. “They will build on the historic accomplishments of this agency and the record commitment to safety that everyone involved in commercial aviation in this country shares.”

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