FAA Enforcement Policy The pendulum swings to good cop

The FAA was founded with a mission to “promote and foster aviation.” After several prominent accidents in the 1990s, Congress removed this mission from the FAA’s goals. The attitude on Capitol Hill was that the agency could not enforce regulations and still serve as the aviation industry’s advocate. Pundits claimed that the FAA had gotten too cozy with operators, that its enforcement had become lax, and safety had suffered.

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