FAA boss says safety rules already on the books

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010

ANCHORAGE - FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says safety rules are on the books; the problems come when pilots break them.

He says an example is flying under visual rules when the weather is too bad and only pilots who can fly in instrument conditions should be out.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Babbitt is in Alaska this week for safety-related events and meetings. He spoke Tuesday at a news conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Technology Center at Merrill Field.

Since early June, 17 people have died in airplane crashes in Alaska, including form Sen. Ted Stevens.

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