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February 14, 2009

Obamunist Partisanship Suppresses Airworthiness Directives

Posted by Dave Blount at February 14, 2009 12:27 PM

Given the tragic crash in Buffalo Thursday night, this might be a good time to reflect on the potentially high price of the fanatical partisanship characterizing the regime in Washington. Aircraft operators must constantly stay abreast of FAA Airworthiness Directives, which warn them of urgent safety issues. But lately there have been no ADs. From

A White House memo appears to be the reason why we haven't seen any new airworthiness directives issued by the FAA over the past several weeks.
The Wall Street Journal reports a memo signed by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on January 20 directed all federal agencies to freeze any pending regulations that originated during the Bush administration… until they could be reviewed by the new sheriffs in town.
In addition to holding off decisions on such political footballs as new mining and drilling standards, the rule also prevented the FAA from issuing any new ADs over a two-week period.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the memo left the FAA's authority in limbo… Richard Williams of Denver-based Aviation DataSource Inc. notes previous changeovers between presidential administrations never affected the FAA… but "[t]his time, they managed to stop the FAA bureaucracy dead in its tracks."

No doubt they've done the same for our antiterror defenses.

Sure enough, the FAA site reveals there have been no new Airworthiness Directives since January 23.

But party control is what matters, not the insignificant lives of the little people.

Tragedy in Buffalo.

On a tip from Air2air.