Modernization, the FAA Way

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enroute air traffic controllers started using a system called ERIDS (En Route Information Display System – the FAA loves acronyms) a few years ago.  ERIDS is a computer system installed at each sector (radar position) that can access and display a variety of information controllers need while they’re working.

Unfortunately ERIDS was poorly designed and uses inferior or obsolete technology.

The idea of merging all the information controllers need into a single source is fantastic.  But ERIDS is so horribly implemented that it’s hardly an improvement over previous methods used to do the same thing.

I don’t know how ERIDS was developed; it just simply showed up at our facility one day after we had had …

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Blowing the Lid Off the FAA’s “Safety Culture” (Again)

Not that it’s any surprise to me, but CNN reports that in its investigations the federal Office of Special Counsel found more than two dozen safety related concerns were not addressed properly within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The federal Office of Special Counsel, which investigates allegations of reprisal against whistle-blowers, tells CNN it has made a “positive determination” that the FAA improperly responded to 27 current cases of FAA employee whistle-blowers warning of safety violations ranging from airline maintenance concerns to runway and air traffic control issues.

It’s what I and a score of other FAA employees have been saying all along: that the FAA ignores safety concerns to the detriment of the aviation system.  And I’m sure …

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