Southwest Airlines was one of the 10 airlines randomly selected by the FAA that submitted more than 1,000 VDRP disclosures between October 2007 and July 2012.
A version of this article appears in the May 5 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Preventing accidents or incidents in the airline industry by uncovering precursor indicators in databases is a top theme for the FAA as it attempts to transition from a forensic to a predictive safety monitor. The Transportation Department’s watchdog, however, has highlighted one example where the FAA is missing a prime opportunity to flag potential issues submitted by airlines under the ...
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