FAA chief seeks "nonpunitive" response to ATC errors

07/21/2009 | Air Transport World

As the FAA seeks a new contract with air traffic controllers, Administrator Randy Babbitt on Monday announced measures to end "a culture of blame and punishment" for controllers who make operational mistakes. Under the new rule, the offending controller will not be identified by name in reports to headquarters. Instead, additional training and disciplinary action will be handled at the local level. "It's important to note that controllers remain accountable for their actions, but we're moving toward a new era that focuses on why these events occur and what can be done to prevent them," Babbitt said in announcing the new policy.

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