In this space we've covered the line of Aviation Safety Action Programs being dropped and added by U.S. air carriers over the past several months ... see a post here, for the most recent installment.
The upcoming February issue of O&M also will include an industry leaders' perspective on the programs.
Recently, American Airlines forged a deal to add an ASAP covering its flight attendants represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. And today, FAA lauded Delta's reinstatement of its ASAP program for pilots, following an agreement between the airline and ALPA.
In today's statement, FAA urges US Airways, American Airlines and their labor unions to follow Delta's lead and reinstate the voluntary programs, too.
Also in it, new U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expresses his opinion on ASAPs: “ASAP has proven to be a valuable tool in helping to spot possible safety problems before they become accidents,” he said in the statement.. “We hope the other carriers will follow Delta’s lead and realize just how critical voluntary programs are to commercial aviation safety."