Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Technical Stuff

Sometime in January,
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded the aviation industry of the Philippines to Category 2 - a category that put us in the same bracket as Bangladesh, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Apparently an FAA audit found Philipine air safety practices, procedures and regulations as being non-compliant with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Philippines of course vehemently objected, citing among other things the competence of our air safety officials.

Okay ...
I can empathize with that
I myself felt that that the downgrade was unfair
I even flew on a Philippine air carrier that very same week
One wants to be supportive ...

But then ...
In the first week of February - after a freak accident where a Cessna light plane crash landed in a grassy field beside one of Manila's malls - the Chief of our Air Transportation Investigation Board, after initiating his investigation, was quoted as follows:

“We will tear down the engine to see what caused the crash.
But based on our initial findings, the pilot said the engine conked out,”

Hahahaha ...
That's the chief talking ....
Really technical stuff
International standard for sure
Hmmmmm - I don't know now - maybe the FAA was right.



Eleanor said...

Although it's often difficult for us Pinoys to accept reality, the fact is always taken for granted. The standards posted by the FAA are for the general safety. Here in Hawaii, we had a recent incident with a F-15 carrier, and the pilot had to be ejected into ocean. The FAA has been regulating Hawaii's F-15s, and were accurate in predicting mishaps. As such, Hawaii will be transitioning into the better, more efficient F-22for fighter planes.

Sidney said...

Do we want to be as efficient as the Germans or the Swiss?
Do we want all the stress of being on time and follow every rule in the books and manuals?

Or do we want to enjoy a lay back life in the tropics?
Do we want to enjoy the good life?

Life is short, isn't it? ;-)

I made my choice... ;-)

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

Yup - air safety is not something to take lightly .

Especially if I ever plan to fly back to wonderful Honolulu and Maui to ride those big waves again ...


Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

No argument there buddy - life is short - let's live it well.