CAPA President speaks to Hon. Gilligan's remarks to Rep. Cravaack

  In this morning's hearings on by the Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI),  reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety oversight of the United States’ aviation system.

Allow me to react to one transmission between the Honorable Margaret Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, and Vice Chairman, Representative Chip Cravaack (R-MN).

Vice Chairman Cravaack was inquiring about the cargo pilot exemption and how it came to be that passenger pilots were included.

I preface this read with the following statement:

I completely understand how and why the FAA came to their conclusions and excluded cargo pilots from the new part 117 Flight and Duty Time rules. The fact that cargo carriers did not meet the "societal benefit" threshold in the new part 117 rules is not only a gaping hole in "one level of safety" in our nation's skies, but the methodology used to determine the impact of a cargo hull loss is flawed. 

We, CAPA ( The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations), support the HR 4350, the "Safe Skies Act of 2012" introduced by Congressmen Cravaack and Bishop as the best way to address this gaping hole. 

In summation, Hon. Gilligan stated to the panel, Cravaack, et al: 

" Any rulemaking agency is required to do a cost and benefits analysis, for the different elements of the community. And when we looked at the cargo community, the costs were quite high, and the quantifiable benefits were substantially lower than those costs. and so we always look to try and see if we are getting a comparable level of societal benefits to the cost that any rule making would drive. And in this case, we could not reach a balance.

And so it was determined the rule would go forward instead of hold up the whole rule, instead to try and come up with a new proposal, because we could demonstrate that passenger carriers have strong societal benefits from those costs, and not include cargo at this time.

Cravaack: "So it was a financial decision?"

Gilligan: The econometric model thats used is of a cost for what society is willing to pay to protect a life. And there are many more passenger lives on passenger aircraft than a cargo aircraft."

Cravaack asked her to repeat that statement. His response was "Thank you for your testimony. Chilling, but thank you." 

We heard from many other distinguished Witnesses including, and wew ill adress our issues in further posts. 

~ Captain Carl Kuwitzky, CAPA President

Also on the hearing panels:

Panel I:

• The Honorable Margaret Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
• The Honorable David Grizzle, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration
• Mr. Jeffrey B. Guzzetti, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Programs Audit, Inspector General of Department of Transportation
• Dr. Gerald L. Dillingham, Director, Physical Infrastructure Division, Government Accountability Office

Panel II:

• Mr. Tom Hendricks, Senior Vice President for Safety, Airlines for America
• Mr. Scott Foose, Senior Vice President- Operations & Safety, Regional Airlines Association
• Captain Sean Cassidy, First Vice President, Airline Pilots Association
• Mr. Gary M. Fortner, Senior Vice President, Vice President of Quality Control, Fortner Engineering, Aeronautical Repair Station Association