The FAA still cannot reliably determine how many flight standards safety inspectors it needs and where for commercial aviation oversight, which could be causing some staffing shortages, the Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office (DOT IG) says in a recent audit report. But the data for the FAA’s staffing model also remains so unreliable that no one can say for sure, the IG adds. “FAA established its inspector staffing model over three years ago; however, the model is ...


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