CHANDLER AGAIN QUESTIONS FAA ON STAFFING
AT LEXINGTON AIRPORT

James R. Carroll's: Notes from Washington
Louisville Courier-Journal
October 8, 2006

You may recall that at a House hearing last month, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler was unsuccessful in eliciting much information from a Federal Aviation Administration official over certain issues related to the Aug. 27 Comair crash in Lexington that killed 49.

The 6th District Democrat wanted to know about air traffic controller staffing, and if anyone at the FAA had been reprimanded for violating the agency's policy requiring two controllers in the tower on the midnight shift. Only one controller was scheduled at the time of the accident. Nicholas Sabatini, the FAA's associate administrator for aviation safety, didn't have answers.

Now Chandler has followed up. Last week, he sent written questions to the FAA.

Among the issues he wants addressed: why the FAA would issue verbal, rather than written, guidance on tower staffing, and how the FAA checks to see that directives are followed; and whether Lexington's Blue Grass Airport is adequately staffed.