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  •  Planes aren't inspected for the FAA before each (4+ / 0-)

    flight. The pilots and maintenance crews inspect them, and they'll still be continuing to do so.

    It's a lot like the health inspectors for restaurants, they're not at every restaurant every day, they do spot checks every so often with day to day safety in the hands of the restaurant's employees. So there's really nothing to be too concerned with the first week of the shutdown. If this extends months, then it means that airlines are going long times without FAA inspections. But remember, it's terrible PR and expensive for an airline to have a crash, especially if it's related to shoddy maintenance, and pilots have families they want to get home to as well, so I don't think safety will take a hit through this.

    As far as ATC goes - if there are fewer controllers, it will likely mean more delays and cancellations, rather than reduced safety. If an ATC center requires one controller for every 20 planes in the airspace the center covers (and I'm making that number up), and they furlough 5 controllers, then they'll just cancel or delay 100 flights to keep it at the 20:1 ratio.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:36:49 AM PDT

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