...Good Intentions, (Rushed Rule?), Scary Quotes
Though inspired in part by a special investigation report by the NTSB it appears application of 11 safety recommendations has gone somehow askew. Wading through a steady tide of condemning comments from industry advocates, the trail of quotes left by the latest public meeting implies serious problems with the FAA's administrative process. "The very foundation of this proposal, as written, is so flawed that it would only be prudent for the FAA to withdraw the NPRM," EAA offered. "[I]t harms both general aviation businesses and charities" and "is bad policy, is not justified by safety data, and should be withdrawn," AOPA said. "[The FAA should] withdraw the rule until the agency is able to obtain adequate data," the U.S. Small Business Administration submitted. National Air Transportation Association President James Coyne emphasized "the FAA’s inability to support the rulemaking with hard data." Coyne's group also called for "a complete withdrawal of the proposed rules." Encouraging, ain't it.