The battle cry of the right wing conservative cult is that there is too much government regulation and government should be made smaller. “Small enough,” as one right wing nut case suggests, “to be drowned in a bathtub.”
Tell that to the first responders and others, who died in the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas.
Are airline passangers on a defective airplane going to be the next victims of an under-regulated industry or an ineffective government oversight program that is under the control of the corporations it is supposed to regulate?
James E Hall writes in “A Back Seat for Safety at FAA” (NYT Op Ed, April 25, 2013): “Now the 787 has been grounded for months, the F.A.A. has lost face, and Boeing has been losing $50 million a week on a plane that was supposed to demonstrate innovative aircraft design and help the United States recapture its onetime dominance of the world aircraft market.
“Given all of that, the F.A.A.’s recent decision to approve Boeing’s plans to fix the lithium-ion battery seems shortsighted and represents a complete failure of government oversight. It is puzzling that the agency was so quick on its feet to accommodate Boeing in recertifying the safety of the airplane, without even knowing the root cause of the battery problem.
“And where has Congress been? The first hearing on Capitol Hill on the 787 was held just one week ago. But some of the testimony was very telling. The Government Accountability Office questioned the F.A.A.’s ability to maintain the up-to-date knowledge necessary to approve new equipment, and the Department of Transportation’s inspector general criticized the agency for failing to ensure that personnel designated by aircraft manufacturers to certify their aircraft or components were competent to do so.”
Follow the link for more information: <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/opinion/a-back-seat-for-safety-at-the-faa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130426&_r=0>
- F.A.A. Endorses Boeing Remedy for 787 Battery (nytimes.com)