Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Contract Double Talk

I remember when the Albany, GA (ABY) Tower was contracted out. It was in the first round of contracting out and most of us didn’t really understand the implications of it.

The logic of it all hasn’t improved.

Airport reduces air traffic control hours

”The Air Traffic Manager wants Air Traffic Control hours reduced from 16 hours a day to 12 hours a day.

This way, two employees will man the towers eight of the 12 hours. With 16 hour days, only one employee worked most of the time. “

”Roughly 132 flights per day came in last month and the Air Traffic Manager says it's important to be double staffed for passenger safety. “

It’s “important” to have two people in the Tower for “safety” (just ask the FAA) but they don’t. So cut the hours of operation instead of hiring enough people to do the job -- “for passenger safety”.

I’m sure that makes some kind of sense in the world of contracting.

Don Brown
March 16, 2010


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