Most of the press is making special mention of the shutdown as to how it affects parks, museums, national monuments and other attractions of interest to the public. Little or no mention has been made to the thousands of aviation professionals from the FAA who have been sent home that daily protect the travelling public when using the national aviation system. The FAA has deemed that virtually all Aviation Safety Inspectors who oversee and protect the travelling public,and other Airway personnel who maintain and certify the navigation facilities that airlines depend on to safely travel in the national airspace, are not essential during this shutdown. Placing FAA safety personnel on furlough has a direct impact on safety. This is a gamble that needs maximum coverage in the media so that the American people know the risk of using a system that, but for air traffic control, is subsisting on the doctrine of "so far, so good!". The American people deserve a safe national airway system. FAA safety oversight and technical support ensures the integrity of that system. In aviation, the first mistake can sometimes be one too many, and for our government to assume that risk on travelling public's behalf is wrong.
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