US President Barack Obama backs the FAA despite a series of lapses by air traffic controllers (Reuters/AP, 20-Apr-2011). Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also stated his support of FAA chief Randy Babbitt “100%”. Mr LaHood stated he saw no need for an independent review of the FAA’s performance beyond the investigations underway. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano holds the same view as Mr LaHood.
ALPA: “Controllers and pilots can be counted on 24 hours a day, for every flight, to ensure that the overall safety of the system is maintained. For decades, fatigue has been an issue for air traffic controllers as well as professional pilots. ALPA is greatly encouraged by the positive interaction between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to constructively address controller fatigue issues in the tower." Source: Press Release, 20-Apr-2011. [more]