Responds To John F. Kennedy Father Son Day
March 4, 2010 - A well seasoned air traffic
Typically parents who bring their kids to work don’t have much to offer. Sons and daughters in general would end up photo copying, light filing, answering the phone and spinning in a chair, resulting in a failed parent child work experience.
However, this child was afforded a real work experience. He witnessed the tower environment, the equipment in the tower and its purpose. The child was also given the opportunity, a learning experience, to clear a few aircraft for take off under the supervision of his father.
However, as a result of this father
and son day, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced
that two employees at the
As a pilot I can remember when I was an
elementary student, our school took us to
“This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “We have an incredible team of professionals who safely control our nation’s skies every single day. This kind of behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our workforce.”
From the radio
transmissions, it appears that the father was continuously in control of
his son and his responsibilities. At no time, as pilot, did I hear the
controller act unprofessional or view the behavior as unprofessional. It
also appears that the pilots stress levels where reduced as a result of
hearing a father and son working together.
transmission exchanges between controller, pilots and the child it
appears that everyone acted professional and with understanding. The
child appeared to be between the ages of 8 to 10.
Child -- "JetBlue 171 contact departure",
Pilot ---"over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job."
Controller ----“here’s what you get guys when the kids are out of school”
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What I heard was a
positive father and son day welcomed by reinforcement from pilots. I can
not imagine the growth this child received in terms of education, the
importance in working together as a team player, job responsibilities, a
better understanding of what his father does for a living, not to
mention the kid had a fun day and most of all seeing his father at work
and as a hero.
In addition, all
unofficial visits to FAA air traffic control operational areas, such as
towers and radar rooms, will be suspended during the investigation. The
FAA Administrator has directed a team to conduct a full-scale review of
air traffic control policies and procedures related to facility
Now that this
controller and his supervisor have been put on administrative leave,
what will be the implications
of “Take Our
Daughters and Sons to Work”.
It is certain that this child knows his
father is on administrative leave, the morale of air
traffic controllers and pilots,
commonsense vs. 911?
commonsense vs. 911?
The national day for the “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” is always on the fourth Thursday in April and the recommended age range is between 8 through 18. This year it will be April 22, 2010.
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