The Flight Safety Foundation, itself in the safety audit business, says that routine FAR compliance inspections should be conducted by independent auditors, leaving FAA personnel to deal with more-urgent safety issues. FAA Administrator Jane Garvey's initial response: "It's worth exploring." While safety audits have long been an accepted practice in aviation, they are not without their detractors and controversy. Meanwhile, the General Accounting Office suggests that the "team" approach to ...


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