IN APRIL, THE DOT's inspector general (IG) delivered a speech to a U.S. Senate committee entitled "Key Safety Challenges Facing the Federal Aviation Administration." At that time, the airlines had recently grounded nearly 700 aircraft in response to an industry-wide FAA assessment of airline compliance with Airworthiness Directives (AD). Many people in the business aviation community, although sympathetic to the airlines' plight, were curious that the FAA had merely sought civil ...

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