FOQA: Are Legal Issues Interfering with Safety Improvements?

Many airlines are implementing Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs to record and analyze flight parameters (such as firm landings or high decent rates) of uneventful flights and attempt to pick out potential problem before they lead to accidents. Airline pilot unions in the U.S. are opposed to these programs because they are concerned that the data will be used to prosecute pilots, and in some cases the airlines are concerned that the data could be used against them in litigation. AVweb's law editor analyzes the legal issues involved.

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