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Briefing Date:09/19/2006
Topic:Staffing Standards for Aviation Safety Inspectors

National Research Council
Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
Committee on Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector Staffing Standards


Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
2251 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.


Staffing Standards for Aviation Safety Inspectors

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-176, this report studies the methods and models used by the Flight Standards Service of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop staffing standards for Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs). It examines and assesses the methods and models now in use or in development at FAA, as well as alternative methods and models, including performance-based standards. Furthermore, it looks at the FAA's current and historical experience with ASI staffing standards, to determine key characteristics of the Flight Standards organization that may influence the appropriateness of various methods, and evaluate methods used by other similar organizations to develop staffing standards. Special attention is devoted to the cognitive and analytic demands of the evolving ASI job, and to the urgent needs to reallocate resources that may occur in Flight Standards. Finally, the report provides the FAA with recommendations on the best way to proceed with development of future staffing standards for ASIs and includes estimates of the time and resource requirements of the recommended methods, given the organizational requirements and values of the FAA.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 20, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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