Torqued: The FAA Needs to Listen to Aviation Workers, Too

 With the changes last year to the FAA’s compliance philosophy, listening to frontline workers when they raise safety concerns has become even more critical for aviation businesses. In terms of FAA enforcement, the new philosophy makes clear that aviation entities that find and correct their own problems will fare much better than entities that don’t when it comes to FAA legal enforcement. Legal enforcement generally involves civil penalties or punitive certificate suspensions, but can also include cease-and-desist and emergency remedial orders. The policy, announced in June last year, states that when deviations from regulatory standards occur, “the FAA’s goal is to use the most effective means to return an individual or entity that holds an FAA certificate, approval, authorization, permit or license to full compliance and prevent recurrence.”

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