Thursday, April 30, 2009

Additional Staff for Air Traffic Control

A recent audit done by the Department of Transportation at the fourth busiest airport in the country revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration would need to add more experienced air traffic controllers among its ranks.

The audit showed that the number of fully certified air traffic controllers for Los Angeles International Airport and the Southern and Northern California TRACON has dropped by at least 8% over the last decade.

The DOT’s inspector general also recommended that the FAA improve financial incentives to keep tenured air traffic controllers, provide sufficient instructors to new employees and face an unprecedented increase in overtime payments.

Establishing better financial incentives would not only keep experienced employees on their jobs but it would also attract the attention of qualified air traffic controllers who have previously turned down jobs at LAX and TRACON because of the wages that they would lose.

Normally, one would not give a care about how many people are employed by a Federal agency but the bottom line of this audit is to ensure the safety of the public as well as the efficiency of the service being provided.

For frequent travelers, these recommendations would result to fewer delays with their flights as well as less hassle when it comes to landing or departure procedures.

To the greater public, having less certified air traffic controllers would mean airport accidents would have a higher chance of happening and a higher incidence rate is what the FAA should avoid to maintain its efficiency and integrity.