FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says congressional efforts to boost airline safety are redundant and misguided. Regional airlines already are drawing up voluntary safety plans, and Babbitt says that effort will be well established by the time the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009 is ready for a floor vote. As for plans to dramatically increase flight time requirements, Babbitt says Congress is focusing on the wrong thing. "The quality of training is far more important than the quantity of training or total time," he says. Babbitt's comments follow suggestions by Air Transport Association President and CEO James May that the FAA be given the opportunity to proceed to a successful conclusion.
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