DOT inspector general blasts pace of reforms at FAA

The FAA is behind schedule on eight of the 10 safety goals it announced following the crash of a Colgan Air commuter plane last year, according to the inspector general of the Transportation Department. Calvin Scovel said Thursday that pilot training oversight continues to lag and that the FAA has missed its own deadline for implementing new rules of pilot fatigue. "If past is prologue, the new rule could be years in the making," he said. But FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt responded that the issue of pilot fatigue is "incredibly complex," and initial deadlines may have been "overly ambitious." "We would all love to move faster," he said.

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