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Observations on FAA's Oversight of Aviaton Safety

On September 20, the Acting Inspector General testified before the House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee regarding aviation safety. The Acting IG's testimony highlighted three areas that characterize the current aviation safety landscape and current challenges. First, FAA is making progress in using risk-based systems to carry out its safety oversight mission but a lot of work remains. Second, there are several key trends and issues that need FAA's attention, such as determining the type of work performed by non-certificated repair facilities and determining inspector staffing needs. Third, FAA must continue to emphasize and address the risks of runway incursions and operational errors. Nicholas Sabatini, FAA Associate Administrator, also testified.