Monday, October 07, 2013 7:03 pm
FAA brings back some workers as shutdown drags on
By JOAN LOWYAssociated Press
The recalled workers include about 600 inspectors and other safety employees in the agency's Flight Standards office. The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union says that's less than a quarter of all furloughed Flight Standards inspectors. The inspectors check to see whether airlines are maintaining their planes according to FAA rules, among other duties.
Also being recalled are 200 engineers, inspectors and safety staff who approve new plane designs and equipment and register new planes. Manufacturers of small planes and business jets say the shutdown threatens to halt $1.38 billion in near-term deliveries of new planes.