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Well you might -- -- -- would winning here this more than three and a half years have passed since the last deadly airline crash in the US.
The longest stretch since the commercial aviation boom after World War II.
But industry analysts are rating on this parade in saying that it could lead to safety officials.
Taking their eyes off the ball just last year the Federal Aviation Administration missed -- deadline to issue new pilot training rules.
Congress -- set that deadline after the last fatal -- airline crash which happened back in 2009.
Remember -- Colgan -- plane plunged into a house near Buffalo, New York killed all 49 people on board and one man inside the home.
We've still seen plenty of -- close calls among them an incident at Reagan national airport in DC back in July.
Aviation officials said air traffic controllers that bail -- three commuter jets to fly away too close to each other.
Close calls are planning.
Joining us now is a direct a former managing director for the -- transportation safety board Peter goals.
He's now a senior vice president and -- & Associates as a lobbying and consulting firm in DC -- see again.
Good seeing you -- you know three and a half years is such a great thing and all of a sudden I'm supposed to be worried about like this.
Well it is a good thing -- in the last three and a half years have been extraordinary.
We've got a pretty good system in place but there are still a lot of challenges.
Will look like specifically what kind of challenges.
Well you know for instance probably the most dangerous part of your flight is one -- on the runway.
You know runway incursions -- -- runway congestion is still.
A very serious problem and tracking planes on the runways.
Presents all sorts of issues and we're not building new runways.
Enough of them when not building new airports so it's only gonna get more crowded down at the down at each airport.
Well there -- these computer systems that we've been hearing about -- I don't know it seems like as long as I've been in this business.
They can manage ground traffic much better than we can now but we can't seem to get -- -- what's the deal with that.
Well they -- it's it's a challenging.
It's a challenging environment but we're doing much better at you know the avionics in these new aircraft are so superior.
You know you do you seldom -- he midair collisions a thing of the past.
Collisions into the ground we have ground avoid this collision systems that work spectacularly.
We have great weather additions airports now can pick out a wind -- and have pilots avoided so -- got.
The makings of a very good system going forward but it needs help.
That there's been discussion for a long time I'm sure many of you -- aware there there roadways or interstate highways for planes in the air.
And -- they've they've long talked about doing away with this because we now have the computers in the technology -- it's not necessary really anymore but again I can't seem to get that done what.
That hold up.
Well that's that that's tied into what they called the next gen -- the next generation of air traffic control in which you're right.
Aircraft can be a plot -- position and take that shortest -- the best route to what to avoid.
Oh weather and we're just not there yet -- is the new tracking equipment -- using GPS in many cases.
But we need new.
An entirely new air traffic control system.
That's gonna cost a ton of money and the FAA needs to be able to plan.
More than just a couple years in advance they need to be able to budgeting plan for these massive projects five in seven years out.
And that's just not part of the process now -- -- goals far ahead of the NTSB's are great to see you thank you.
Thank -- thank you all right well there's some new poll.
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