Aviation Safety Leader Will Detail How Shutdown Resulted in Reduced Aviation Safety at Feb. 13 House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi will testify on Feb. 13 before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, at a hearing entitled “Putting U.S. Aviation Safety at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown.”

With the National Airspace System still reeling from the negative effects of the recent 35-day government shutdown, Rinaldi will deliver an impassioned message about how the shutdown eroded the layers of critical elements necessary to support and maintain the safety of the NAS. Rinaldi will also detail how the workforce was negatively affected by stress, fatigue, and distraction caused by the shutdown and the uncertainty about when it would end. He will brief the Committee on the costs to taxpayers, including the shutdown-related delays to critical safety programs. He will explain why we cannot allow another shutdown to happen on Feb. 16, or ever again.

WHAT: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing entitled “Putting U.S. Aviation Safety at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown.”

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. EST.

WHERE: HVC 210, Capitol Visitor Center. Click here (https://transportation.house.gov/…/putting-us-aviation-at-r…) to learn more about the hearing, including how to watch it streamed live.

WHO: NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. NATCA will make Rinaldi’s full written testimony available at the start of the hearing, both on its website natca.org and via email to its media list. Rinaldi will be available for media following the hearing outside the hearing room.  To read full testimony on web click here or for PDF download click here

To be added to the list, please email dchurch@natcadc.org.

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, dchurch@natcadc.org.