President Rinaldi Testifies before Senate Subcommittee on Aviation
Friday, May 27, 2011
On Tuesday, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation regarding Air Traffic Control Safety Oversight. He was joined at the hearing by the three others called to testify: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel, and physican and director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University Gregory Belenky.
Within the safety discussion arose the popular topic of air traffic controller fatigue, as lawmakers questioned the aviation experts regarding the recent events occuring within the National Airspace System. During his testimony, Rinaldi explained the importance of the joint Fatigue Workgroup's 12 recommendations for mitigating the risk -- recommendations that are not union-specific, but rather scientifically-based to produce beneficial results.
Click here to view Paul's congressional testimony.
Testimony of all witnesses available here.
Paul's opening statement:
Various responses to questions from subcommittee members: