I am Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA. When the shutdown started, ALL FAA Safety Inspectors were sent home. The only FAA working was air traffic. What myself and fellow safety Inspectors do are: We ensure the aircraft are safe, from commercial airlines to small single engine private aircraft, we ensure the Repair Stations who maintain the aircraft are doing things correctly, we inspect the parts manufactures to ensure parts on aircraft meet proper standards, we inspect the pilots, the mechanics. I could go on and on but the bottom line is as Aviation Safety Inspectors we provide oversight and surveillance to the entire United States Aerospace System to ensure safety and compliance with current regulations. Since the shutdown there has been zero safety oversight. I don't think the flying public would like to hear this which is why I am sure the news does not report things like this. Effective today, some office have called back a few Inspectors. My office has 20 Inspectors and they called back 4. Not nearly enough to do proper surveillance and oversight. Very scary in aviation. People who would take shortcuts are now free to do so. As far as a personal affect on me. My check this week was half of normal. My next check will be zero. I had a little savings but we are not rich so I don't have a lot. I basically live payday to payday now I have zero money. I worked hard in aviation for 30 years to get this position to serve the American public and this is the thanks I get from our Government. I wont be able to make my house or vehicle payments next month. I am ruining my credit thanks to this shutdown as I have not been paying my credit card bills as I need to save my money for utilities, insurance and food. Is the government going to fix my credit score because they caused this? I highly doubt it. I said this affects everyone. We used to go out to eat a few times a week. Not now so our favorite café lost business, our waitress wont get our tip so she loses money. My wife was going to get her hair done but cancelled that so her hairdresser has less money. Things I was planning on buying for the house are now on hold so that affects sales at numerous stores and that's just me. Take that times all the folks currently not working or working without pay and this shutdown has a huge trickle affect on the economy but since congress still gets paid, they just sure don't care. I this doesn't end quickly and I cant take care of my family and have no house, I will only have our leaders to thanks. They need to start acting like Americans.
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