The "Conspiracy Of Inaction," Aviation Safety And The FAA

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In the mid-1980s, David Soucie's decision that helped his employer avoid adding wire-strike gear to their helicopters may have cost the life of one of his friends -- now he's working with airlines and the FAA to make sure things like that don't happen. Soucie served 16 years with the FAA and spent some of that time as an accident investigator. He is now working outside of the government to promote his idea that actively mining and freely sharing information both within and between operators will improve the ability to proactively address aviation safety issues. That, as opposed to working backwards, correcting issues after an accident. According to Soucie, logistical and cultural practices within the FAA, as well as some legal structures, are barriers to that progress. He's working with the airlines on a new information-sharing system and has authored a book called Why Planes Crash.

AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with him for more details. You can click here to listen.