FAA, Raytheon training under fire for error spike

A spike in the number of controller errors has placed FAA training practices under scrutiny, according to an investigation by the respected Boston Globe newspaper.
The US aviation agency contends the higher tally of operational errors can be attributed in better incident reporting rates.
The Boston Globe however points to a report published last year by the Transportation Department inspector general’s office on the training programme’s problems – from underestimated training requirements that resulted in more than $50 million in cost overruns, to a lack of oversight of the contract.
The newspaper also says Raytheon has come under pressure since wiining the contradt to run the training programme.
It says the contractor won the $859 million, 10-year training contract in 2008, coming in at a cost 29 per cent lower than the FAA’s own estimate to win the business away from a smaller firm that had trained the controllers for two decades.