OSHKOSH — FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, on his first trip to AirVenture, wants general aviation pilots to know that safety is No. 1.
“We want them to know that the thing we care about most of all is safety,” he said Wednesday during a sit-down at the FAA Safety Building on the AirVenture grounds. “We want to know that every time they take the controls of their aircraft that they are safe — that we’ve done everything that we can to ensure the safety of that particular flight and that particular aircraft and everything that goes with it and they’ve taken the appropriate level of responsibility to ensure that every one of their systems is completely safe.”
He said FAA officials are asking general aviation pilots to take time this summer to reassess their safety. “We all have our routines,” he noted. “We just want them to take some time to sit back and ask the question ‘am I doing everything I can to maintain the maximum level of safety?’”
Huerta and other FAA officials will meet the Oshkosh crowds tomorrow at the annual Meet the Administrator forum on the AirVenture grounds. It’s usually a lively discussion with lots of good questions from the pilots in the crowd. Look for a post on that event tomorrow and well as more on our discussion with Huerta on topics ranging from Light-Sport Aircraft to the Next Generation Air Transportation System.