“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
House Aviation Subcommittee Probes Runway Safety
During a House aviation subcommittee hearing in February, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel noted that aviation stakeholders are expressing growing concern about the rise in the number of severe runway incidents. Scovel emphasized that the FAA and aviation users should implement FAA systems to alert controllers and pilots to potential runway incursions; improve runway signage and markings; reinvigorate the agency's program for improving runway safety; identify and correct root causes of runway incursions; and address air traffic controller issues, such as fatigue, through improved training.