Aviation Safety Oversight Hearing

April 10, 2008

253 SR

Although the U.S. aviation industry is experiencing its safest period in history there have been a series of high-profile events that have raised concerns regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of safety in the National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA recently proposed fining Southwest Airlines $10.2 million for operating over 40 aircraft that had not received all required safety inspections. Subsequent FAA audits of maintenance records have resulted in a number of other air carriers grounding planes while they ensure their aircraft comply with safety regulations.

 In addition, there is continuing Congressional interest in other key safety issues, including runway incursions, operational errors and the FAA’s oversight of maintenance operations. This hearing will examine these safety issues, and the FAA’s implementation of the Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS), the new systematic approach the agency has implemented to address safety oversight.


Majority Statement

  • John D. Rockefeller, IV

  • Daniel K. Inouye


Minority Statement

  • Ted Stevens


Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Hank Krakowski

    Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization
    Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Honorable Calvin L. Scovel III

    Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Basil Barimo

    Vice President of Operations and Safety
    Air Transport Association
    Barimo Testimony (239.51 KB)
  • The Honorable Steven R. Chealander

    National Transportaion Safety Board
  • Nicholas Sabatini

    Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Tom Brantley

    Professional Aviation Safety Specialists