Hearing to review the results of an oversight investigation. Two FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors have provided evidence raising serious questions of conduct violating the Fed. Aviation RegAis. (FARs) in the inspection and maint. program of Southwest Airlines (SWA). FAA employees have engaged in conduct, Aiwhich constitutes a violation of Fed. law, rule or regAin., gross mismgt., an abuse of authority and a substantial damage to public safety.Ai The Maint. Inspector for SWA knowingly allowed the airline to operate in March 2007 (and possibly beyond), and well after the inspection deadlines on a mandatory FAA Airworthiness Directive. There may be a pattern of regulatory abuse and that these regulatory lapses may be more widespread. Illustrations.The investigation continuesaand has been removed from any safety inspector duties. Ms. JOHNSON. ... I am told that he is now auditing the office at Dallas Fort Worth and he is participating or supervising an AFS pre-audit. Is that correct? ... He is helping to rewrite manuals and check files and do administrative work.
|Title||:||Critical Lapses in Federal Aviation Administration¿s Safety Oversight of Airlines: Abuses of Regulatory ¿Partnership¿ Programs¿|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2009-12|