Review of Aviation Safety in the United States, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, April 25, 2012 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Thomas Petri: "Although the United States aviation system is very safe, when it comes to aviation safety there is always room for improvement. The top priority for our subcommittee is safety, and I know that the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration], aviation operators industry, and passenger advocate groups share that priority. With this in mind, today we will review the FAA's safety oversight activities, covering a broad range of issues. As we have noted many times in the past, the United States aviation system is the safest in the world. On any given day the FAA's air traffic controllers will handle over 28,500 commercial flights. In 2011, there were no commercial passenger airline fatalities. Over the past 5 years, roughly 52 million passenger flights were operated safely. This high level of safety is the result of collaborative efforts by the FAA, Congress, industry and by other stakeholders. But we must not forget the one tragic fatal commercial accident during those 5 years. We have taken steps with the passage of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2010 to address the identified weaknesses that contributed to that tragedy, and we are accepting a statement for the record from the relatives of some of the victims of that airline disaster." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Petri, Margaret Gilligan, David Grizzle, Jeffrey B. Guzzetti, Gerald L. Dillingham, Thomas L. Hendricks, Scott Foose, Sean Cassidy, Gary M. Fortner, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and the families of Continental Flight 3407.
Serial No. 112-83
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