Today, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that the majority of US air carriers and pilot organizations have responded to our safety Call To Action. As promised, he also published a list of those who had not. That list is posted below.
The majority have provided written commitment to implement several best practices and adhere to higher professional standards for safety. As safety is DOT and FAA's highest priority, we appreciate the 94% response and will take those commitments very seriously.
They are a big step forward toward making future commercial air travel even safer than it is today.
The FAA will take non-responses into careful consideration when performing surveillance activities. And those carriers and labor organizations that have not responded must know for a certainty that the American flying public will also judge their reluctance to adopt proven safety practices.
It is important to note that several of the carriers have already been using the key safety programs we asked for--Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) and Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). And some carriers are simply too small or have too limited operations to implement FOQA.
Look, history shows we are able to implement better safety improvements far more quickly and effectively when we work together. So, the 94% response rate is very promising.
Those few that have not embraced the approach of working with the FAA--and they are listed below--need to act, and need to act now.