Thursday, 4 March 2010

ATC on gardening leave

Tonight there are a couple of JFK Tower controllers on enforced leave. One of them took his son to work and let him do a little of the RT.

The tapes made the Internet, then the press, and the FAA acted. Even the controllers' union spoke out against the controllers.

If you listen to the tapes the pilots seemed to enjoy it, as did the kid. I'm not sure that I'd appreciate it if every frequency had radio transmissions made by the controller's children, but I really wish that everyone involved (by which I mean the FAA and the ATC union) could see the event with a little perspective, tell the controller(s) not to do it again, and then move on.

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