Administration's Proposal to Reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (Part I), Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 15, 2007 [open pdf - 832KB]
From the opening statement of Frank R. Lautenberg: "Seven hundred and sixty million people will fly this year, and it's expected that by 2015 the number will hit 1 billion. Additional, 5,000 very light jets will be carrying passengers over the next 10 years. That's going to add challenges to an already strained system. Last year was the worst year for flight delays since the year 2000. One in four airplane flights were late. Newark Liberty International, unfortunately, had the worst delays in America. For travelers who fly between Washington and New York/New Jersey area, a 36-minute flight often comes to 2 hours because of delays. We will look to the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] for leadership in managing these demands. At the front line of both safety and increases in traffic are our air traffic controllers. Our air traffic controllers are retiring in large numbers, and the FAA is not replacing them quickly enough. There are a thousand fewer controllers now than we had a few years ago, and it takes several years to train new controllers. We are seven controllers short at Newark Airport." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Amy Klobuchar, Frank R. Lautenberg, Trent Lott, Claire McCaskill, John D. Rockefeller, IV, John Thune, Marion C. Blakey, Daniel K. Inouye, Thomas R. Carper, Byron L. Dorgan, and Mark Pryor.
S. Hrg. 110-1109; Senate Hearing 110-1109
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