April 14, 2011
By AOPA ePublishing staff
FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Chief Operating Officer Hank Krakowski has resigned. The announcement followed several incidents in which air traffic controllers fell asleep during their shifts.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement April 14 that “examples of unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals” over the last few weeks have raised safety concerns among the traveling public and that maintaining public confidence begins with strong leadership, adding that he had accepted Krakowski’s resignation.
“Hank is a dedicated aviation professional and I thank him for his service. Starting today, I have asked David Grizzle, FAA's chief counsel, to assume the role of acting ATO chief operating officer while we conduct a nationwide search to permanently fill the position.”
Krakowski, who came into the position in 2007, has been responsible for all aspects of the air traffic control system. The ATO includes 38,000 of the FAA's total workforce of 48,000 employees, the agency’s website notes.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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