...FAA Cites "Zero Tolerance"
"The taxpayers have a right to expect high standards of conduct from all civil servants," FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb on Tuesday. (Your mileage may vary.) "The accuracy and integrity of these medical forms are essential to aviation safety. We felt this was an important case to pursue. There must be zero tolerance for actions that could affect aviation safety." The controllers were fired by the FAA in August and had appealed that decision. The dispute was resolved when both parties agreed to a settlement during arbitration. "We consider the matter closed," Martin said. NATCA said the Department of Transportation Inspector General should investigate the hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds spent on what Carr called a "shameful and egregious abuse of power."