The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Aviation has announced an oversight hearing on the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). Subcommittee Chairman Conrad Burns will preside. The JPDO is jointly managed by the FAA and NASA and serves as a focal point for coordinating research related to improving air transportation.
Ted StevensSenatorSenator Stevens Statement:Thank you very much, Senator Burns. I’m pleased that you’re holding this hearing. I’m glad to see these witnesses here to discuss this topic. I am glad to see you are here Ms. Blakey. We’ve discussed it a lot, the situation in Alaska. Seventy percent of our cities can be reached only by air, year round, and we have to have a modern system for aviation safety not only for the people traveling but for medical evacuation processes by air. When I first became Chairman of Appropriations, the first hearing that I held was in Alaska, on safety. I’m delighted that the FAA has been a partner in really improving the situation in Alaska. At that time, I found out that one out of every 11 pilots in our state was losing his or her life in commercial aviation. I think that programs like Capstone and the Five Star Medallion program, which Administrator Blakey participated in, have really helped a great deal in bringing us new concepts of safety. Now we may have to make sure that we have the planning to involve a new system and staying ahead of the game as we go. I look forward to working with the Chairman and I’m delighted to take the time to hear you today. Thank you.
The Honorable Marion BlakeyAdministratorFederal Aviation Administration
Dr. Lisa PorterAssociate Administrator for Aeronautics ResearchNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
David DobbsAssistant Inspector General for AviationU.S. Department of Transportation