More Unintended Consequences

Andy Pasztor reported February 9, 2017 in The Wall Street Journal:  that in the wake of Mr. Trump’s executive order putting all new and pending regulations on hold for 60 days, the Federal Aviation Administration’s normally low-profile, routine safety directives temporarily were held up by the freeze. The FAA has resumed issuing routine rules calling for safety fixes to aircraft, following a 19-day pause prompted by President Donald Trump’s government-wide regulatory freeze.

The first mandatory safety orders, called airworthiness directives, were published in the Federal Register at the start of this week and five more appeared for public inspection Thursday on the publication’s website. In January, before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, some two dozen such rules were released by the FAA.

The White House order allowed for exemptions due to urgent concerns about health, safety or national security, though it took time for the Trump team to determine that FAA airworthiness directives fell into one of those categories, according to people familiar with the process.

The urgent safety recommendation is based upon preliminary findings in the ongoing investigation of the July 29, 2016, in-flight breakup of a Piper PA-31T medical transport flight in California. Investigators found evidence of thermal damage near the airplane’s main electrical bus circuit breaker panel.

These ADs include wiring problems on Piper PA-31T light twin airplanes where the under-panel wiring can chafe on fuel and hydraulic lines, resulting in inflight fires, something you do not want to experience. Yet, it took some time for trump’s team to determine that aviation safety may be impaired even though the above aircraft broke up in flight, killing all om board.

About Terry Welshans

I grew up in Burbank, California. My dad worked at a company that made sub assemblies for about every airplane made in the 1960-1970 era, so it was only natural that the aviation bug bit me while I was quite young. I hold a commercial pilot certificate and fly as much as I can. I live in Bardstown, Kentucky with my wife, moving here after we retired. I am a Vietnam veteran and a cancer survivor. I like to keep politicians honest, and do so when they open an avenue where I feel they have erred.
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3 Responses to More Unintended Consequences

  1. Here is Kathryn’s Report on the crash, with photos and link to the NTSB preliminary report.

  2. Trump slammed the FAA today. Got all up in their grill about the cost of air traffic control. Much of the large current cost is the direct result of decades of postponing upgrades of equipment. The “NextGen” upgrades will cost about three billion dollars. This will change much of current aircraft tracking from radar to satellite tracking.

    Personally, I like the idea. GPS can locate an airplane to about ten feet of its actual location, and do it in real time. There have been a number of incidents where I was on an instrument flight plan in really bad weather, when ATC lost me on radar. In one case I had to go around a thunderstorm cell with probable embedded tornadoes. I was on my way to Little Rock and they lost me near Pine Bluff. When they finally picked up my signal again, I was a few miles north of Eldorado, Arkansas.

    Too much money? I don’t think so. There are simply some things that cannot be done on the cheap.

  3. shortfinals says:

    Having spent four years on the Technical Committee of the UK Airport Operators’ Association (and four on its GA Committee) I think that the word ‘irresponsible’ with regard to the Trump administration’s stance towards the FAA is far too mild. I shudder to think what will become of science and technology in general during his ‘reign’.

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