September 6, 2011 | Ken Reed

Air Traffic Errors Climb – Root Cause?

I found an article discussing the rise in air traffic control system errors, including near misses.  See the article here.

A few ideas were discussed, and several lines caught my eye:

A new FAA Air Traffic Controller training company has taken over training duties, with cost overruns and training staff lay-offs.  One former trainer says, “When you cut training, your incident rate goes up.”

Another trainer discusses reactive performance measures.  This may seem a little sensationalist, but it really hits home:  “A lack of body bags does not indicate safety.’’

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