Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nomination Hearing Soon

Thanks to Senator Schumer and Fox News (there are some words you won’t read very often on this blog) I finally learned Randy Babbitt’s nomination hearing for FAA Administrator is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th. Of course, the story didn’t have anything to do with Randy Babbitt. But Senator Schumer drug him into the conversation anyway.

Schumer Wants Assurances From FAA Nominee Re-Flight 3407

”Schumer, describing himself as “a skeptic of the FAA,” said he now plans to meet with President Obama’s nominee to the agency, Robert Babbitt, before a scheduled confirmation hearing next week. “I want to get assurances from him that we’ll get to the bottom of this,” Schumer told Fox. “

Well, that was helpful. Not. I thought “the bottom of this” was obvious. In case you didn’t know regional airline pilots were culinary experts with ramen noodles and spaghetti (when you make captain you can afford to try some meat sauce) then here’s a YouTube video for you about their pay. If you don’t know their pay is atrocious, you aren’t in aviation. The video will give you the visual references you need to recognize the airplane on your next flight.

You get what you pay for. That is true for regional airline pilots, air traffic controllers and Senators.

Don Brown
My 13, 2009

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