The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is now holding hearings on Aviation Safety. You can watch them live here.
Nick Sabatini from the FAA is on the hot seat as we post this — and he’s not having a particularly good day. Much like last week. Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri-D)is now asking Sabatini why it was that no one has been fired at the FAA for “lying.” She is referring to a comment made last week in reference to the Dallas Ft. Worth tracon by the office of the DOT special counsel. The DOT special counsel, who is at the hearing, just said that problems have “reoccurred” in the Dallas office, but that their investigation is “not yet complete.”
McCaskill is now pressing the issue of the need for accountability at the FAA, and what Sabatini intends to do about it.
Meanwhile, for those of you who are interested in the Hawaiian air service environment (and you certainly know who you are), the committee is scheduled to hold hearings this afternoon on that hot topic. These hearings will start at 2:30 pm edt. You can click here to see who has been invited to attend. State of Hawaii officials will be there in addition to David Banmiller, CEO of Aloha and Charles Willis, CEO, along with his COO, Leslie Murashige from Island Air.