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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.07.07)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

“Air traffic controller fatigue continues to be a human factors issue affecting runway safety ... We found that as of May 2007, at least 20 percent of the controllers at 25 air traffic control facilities, including towers at several of the country’s busiest airports, were regularly working six-day weeks.”

Source: From a report on runway incursions released this week by the Government Accountability Office. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association -- locked in a bitter fight with FAA management over a new contract -- applauded the GAO's recognition of fatigue as a potential factor in the rise of such incidents.

FMI: www.gao.gov, www.faa.gov, www.natca.org

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