Robert Poole Jr., writes an interesting story in the New York Post (August 11) on why the FAA fails (as it relates to the Hudson River midair). Better yet, he TRIES to explain why the FAA fails. From the story:
Everyone recognizes that airspace above and around major airports must be controlled, but GA groups resist any expansion of controlled airspace, which restricts their members’ freedom to fly. In turn, because the GA crowd has a lot of clout with Congress, the FAA (which gets its budget from Congress) must take that into account in any redesign of airspace.
WOW! We in GA apparently have “a lot of clout with Congress”. Who knew? Sorry Mr. Poole, things are a little more complex and no, we don’t enjoy the clout you believe we do.