As Frank blogged on Tuesday, several U.S. carriers have dropped the Aviation Safety Action Program over the past several months -- most recently, US Airways.
The National Transportation Safety Board, like the Flight Safety Foundation, feels strongly that airlines need this voluntary reporting program. NTSB issued a statement today in which Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker called the programs "a critical tool for addressing potential safety tools."
"The Safety Board believes that proactive safety programs, which encourage voluntary disclosure of safety issues, are crucial to ensuring aviation safety and identifying problems before they lead to accidents," the statement continues. "Their elimination could put aviation safety at risk."