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April 19, 2013
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held an aviation safety hearing. During the proceedings, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) give testimony regarding the status of certain safety initiatives being undertaken to prevent Commercial Aviation Accidents.
The two hot topics at Tuesday’s hearing seemed to be how the FFA was handling significant budgetary cuts and where the review on the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner stands.
In regards to the first issue, FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, explained his agency has faced a $637 million budget cut. This forced him to shut down roughly 150 air traffic control towers. When asked how the sequester would affect air travel safety, Huerta explained the number of flights may simply be cut.
An article from Flying Magazine went on to explain how Huerta also updated committee member on the advancement of progress on the Boeing 787’s faulty battery system. He claimed all testing was done and a decision on approval could come “very soon.”
The hearing showed how solving one problem might be the solution to the other. If larger airplanes that can carry more passengers are put in the air, fewer flights may be needed. If fewer planes are in the air, there is a smaller chance for an accident to occur.
The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful the efforts being made to improve air safety are effective.
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