Buttle's World

3 March, 2010

Knee Jerk Overreaction OTD

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 10:30

The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Union need to take a pill and calm down. They have their dainties in a bunch over a controller at JFK letting his kid do the radio work for a couple of minutes.

Listen to the audio at the above link. Several things are abundantly clear from it:

  1. The kid was only doing the talking, not any of the actual decision making
  2. His broadcasts were clear and competent. (I’ve dealt with controllers who were a lot worse.)
  3. Not one of the pilots on frequency had any objection at all.
  4. Nobody was put in any danger whatsoever.

If they want to attract more controllers (and Lord knows they have to) they need to lighten up about this.


1 Comment »

  1. You sir are 100% correct.

    I thought the whole thing was kinda cute actually.

    But by the way the Media is making it sound, the Controllers left the building and let the kids “play around” with the lives of passengers.


    Comment by bob — 5 March, 2010 @ 11:25

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