Commercial Airline Safety Oversight

March 20, 2012

253 Russell Senate Office Building

SCom: AviationWASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security announces an oversight hearing on commercial airline safety.

The Aviation Subcommittee’s hearing will examine the extent to which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airline industry have been able to meet the requirements mandated by Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 and other associated aviation safety issues.  This hearing provides an opportunity for the Committee to receive an update on the FAA’s and the industry’s progress on achieving the safety mandates in the legislation and consider options to facilitate full implementation of the statute.  

Key issues expected to be addressed at the hearing will include: pilot training initiatives, commercial airline compliance with safety requirements, and the issuance of updated rules governing pilot rest time and duty limitations.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact Collenne Wider at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.


Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Ms. Margaret Gilligan

    Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
    Federal Aviation Administration
  • The Honorable Calvin L. Scovel III

    Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
    Scovel Testimony (428.05 KB)
  • Mr. William Voss

    President and CEO
    Flight Safety Foundation
    Voss Testimony (245.70 KB)
  • Dr. Greg Belenky

    Director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center
    Washington State University
  • Captain Carl Kuwitzky

    Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations
    Kuwitzky Testimony (202.26 KB)
  • Mr. Thomas L. Hendricks

    Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations
    Airlines for America