The Shame of It All…

I’ve been employed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for just shy of 20 years.  I’ve been a fully certified air traffic controller for over 17 years.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the FAA (as well as the second year air traffic controllers have been working without a contract).

And I have never been as embarrassed of the agency I work for as I am as I write this…


And if you think that was bad, I couldn’t watch the entire video below either.  The speaker at the beginning is Ventris Gibson, a bigwig at FAA Headquarters in Washington.  According to her bio:

Ventris C. Gibson was appointed as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Assistant Administrator for Human Resources Management on November 30, 2003.  Gibson advises and assists the Administrator in directing, coordinating, communicating and ensuring the quality of FAA human resources plans, programs and initiatives that ensure the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system.

It’s obvious however that even though she “advises and assists…in directing, coordinating, communicating and ensuring the quality of… programs and initiatives that ensure the safety…of the national airspace system” she’s not really all that familiar with the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) that investigates transportation accidents (including aviation accidents) and makes safety recommendations to the FAA as she repeatedly calls it the “NSTB” in the video.

Oh, yeah, and the “B-757″ and “B-767″s she talks about are made by Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world and most people (including pilots and air traffic controllers) refer to them as “Boeing 757” and “Boeing 767″s.  It’s nice to see managers high up in the FAA who are so knowledgeable about what the FAA does.


Normally I would say “thanks” to the weblog The Potomac Current and Undertow for these videos, but that would be like thanking someone for punching you in the gut, so I’ll just credit them instead.

I apologize in advance to anyone else who was offended or disturbed by the videos!


  1. Did you hear the part where she talked about Sturgell’s time at the nstb? I always thought it was ntsb. The woman is a classic example of people rising to the level of their incompetency. In this case, rising way beyond the level of their incompetency.

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