Safety In The Skies

Safety In The Skies

Thirty million Americans admit to being "anxious" fliers, but even the most intrepid air traveler might be shaken after two fatal crashes on U.S. soil in a matter of days. We explore the strengths and weaknesses of modern airplane technology and air traffic systems.

Thirty million Americans admit to being "anxious" fliers, but even the most intrepid air traveler might be shaken after two fatal crashes on U.S. soil in a matter of days. Still, advances in airplane design and increased government oversight have improved the safety record of the American air system considerably in recent decades. We explore the strengths and weaknesses of modern airplane technology and air traffic systems.

Guests

Mark Gerchick

aviation consultant; author "Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today"; former chief counsel, Federal Aviation Administration

Tom Haueter

aviation safety consultant; former Director of Aviation Safety, National Transportation Safety Board

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