September 11th; The FAA Administrator Speaks

By Robert Mark on September 11th, 2008

This is the seventh anniversary of the terror attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington that included the hijacking of four airliners eventually used as suicide bombs, the first time we all learned that sitting back and hoping for the best as passengers or crew was no longer an option.sept 11 jetwhine 1 Air travel everywhere on the globe would never again be the same.

We remember the 3000 plus people who perished in the towers, the Pentagon and in a small grassy field in Pennsylvania on 9/11, as well as the 4,100 plus U.S. service men and women who have died as a direct result of those attacks.

I invite you to take a minute and read a speech given by then FAA Administrator Jane Garvey just a few weeks after the attacks. I found it worth the time to look at what this lady had to say seven years ago, as well as the plans she outlined for the future of aviation.

sept 11 jetwhine 2Compare Garvey’s plans to what has been accomplished to improve our industry since she spoke. Then compare Garvey’s plans and those results with the vision of our current Administrator Bobby Sturgell. 

It’s pretty clear the current agency is like a ship adrift without a captain, a problem that won’t be solved until January 20th at the earliest.


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One Response to “September 11th; The FAA Administrator Speaks”

  1. John J. Tormey III, Esq. Says:

    What part of “Raytheon’s” US$437 million do you want to bet, that Sturgell starts work at Raytheon, in the claimed interests of “continuity”, right after “Bobby” exits FAA in shame in November and leaves his mess to Ruth Leverenz? At this point, Vegas would give me even-odds on it.

    The Bobby Sturgell FAA continues to subject Americans to a steady stream of jumbo-jet aircraft near-misses, unsuspecting flights on defective and unsafe airplanes, and other near-disasters and even actual disasters such as Moab Utah in which 10 innocent people were recently killed. Taken together, these events are in epic numbers since Bobby Sturgell took over as Acting FAA Administrator a year ago, as borne out by current NTSB accident statistics themselves:

    Recent FAA-floated publicity balloons are only superficial endeavors to placate and distract the American people. Sturgell’s fake regulatory agency the FAA continues to tell us that it is somehow OK for FAA and airlines, conspiring and back-slapping together, to enlist publicists to tell Americans that air travel was never safer whilst planes are falling apart in un-inspected disrepair, aviation inspectors are criminally threatened by FAA management, and passengers and others on the ground are continually put in harm’s way. FAA is a grotesque revival of the Oberstar-decried, Schiavo-decried Tombstone Agency, the notion that ‘If the plane doesn’t crash, we’re doing great’; the notion that a federal agency is not required to anticipate and navigate around safety problems, but only react if there are one or more tombstones.

    There are now 10 new tombstones in Moab, Utah.

    How many more will YOU tolerate as an American?

    Quiet Rockland again asks all members of the United States Congress, journalists, the aviation community, and all other American citizens to ‘Just Say No’ to Bobby Sturgell, and repopulate the FAA with responsible officials for a change.
    Quiet Rockland

    There’s nothing to “discuss” or “negotiate”. Southwest must PAY the fine. Southwest should already have been paid in full MONTHS ago. This continuing stream of intentional Sturgellian press-leaks, is just more intolerable DelMarVA hand-jive geared towards Sturgell letting his aero-buddies ultimately off the hook. All for show. All to deceive the American people, just like Sturgell has been deceiving the American people on virtually every issue since “Bobby” first started with FAA in 2003.
    John J. Tormey III, Esq.
    Quiet Rockland

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