domingo, 19 de junho de 2011

Aviation safety was put in hands of incompetent, said instructor

Aviation safety was put in hands of incompetent, said instructor

Airman who trained sergeant said that the objective was to overcome personnel shortage

Judge finds controller innocent innocent in Legacy case on considering him incompetent for task; FAB has no comment

RODRIGO VARGAS

From CUIABÁ

Pressure within the Air Force to overcome the shortage of manpower forced the approval of a person "without qualifications" and with "deficient emotional control" for the task of flight controller - fundamental for the safety of air traffic control.

The affirmation is by sergeant Wellington Rodrigues, of Cindacta 1, in Brasília, to judge Murilo Mendes, in the trial on the collision between the Legacy jet and the Gol Boeing, in 2006. In the accident, 154 people died.

Sergeant Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos was one of those responsible for following the sector in which the Legacy was traveling.

The day before yesterday, the Courts found Jomarcelo innocent of the accusation of unintentionally endangering the safety of aviation in the accident, because of his "notorious deficiencies" and "ineptitude" for the job. The FAB has no comment on the case.

In the decision, the judge mentioned exerts of the testimony of instructor Wellington, responsible for the course which Jomarcelo finished in 2005.

"He [Jomarcelo] took longer, much longer, than those in his class to be approved, he kept trying and trying again, let us say, and there was always that insistence that he be approved", said Wellington.

In his testimony, the instructor was questioned about the origin of the "imposition that Jomarcelo be approved". The report is that, "the witness explained that there was not a specific imposition. "We knew of the difficulty of the number of operators and there was, yes, this insistence", Wellington affirmed.

The controller's problems were also described in a psychological report added to the trial record, which cites problems to "establish priorities", "deficient emotional control", "little agility in instructions".

In 2007, in the Senate Aviation Blackout CPI, a Federal Labor Prosecutor affirmed that Jomarcelo only became a full controller "practically by force" after having been failed four times for the admission exam.

A career airman, then age 38, Jomarcelo had been on the job as controller for less than nine months when the accident happened.

According to the Federal Prosecutors' Office, he ignored signs on his radar screen that the Legacy was flying "against traffic" and with the transponder (the aircraft's anticollision system) turned off.
In the verdict, the judge suggested that intentional criminal conduct be attributed in the case to whoever "conferred on Jomarcelo the license for him to exercise the function."

Phrases

"By his notorious deficiencies, one can only give thanks that he did not err with much more frequency. If in fact he didn't err."
MURILO MENDES,
judge, in sentence, on controller Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, who was absolved

"He took much longer than the rest of his class to be approved."
WELLINGTON RODRIGUES,
Air traffic control instructor, on Jomarcelo


http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/fsp/cotidian/ff2105201129.htm
Preparation was "on the double", says association

From SÃO PAULO

The training of air traffic controllers is rapid and inadequate, affirms Edleuzo Cavalcante, 41, president of the ABCTA (Brazilian Association of Air Traffic Controllers).

The Air Force, to which controllers are subordinated, reduced, in the last three years, supervised practice time from 300 hours to 60 hours, he said.

"We are very close to a new tragedy", he affirmed. "Preparation is on the double. That's not how you acquire experience". Ex-sergeant, Cavalcante was expelled from the FAB [Brazilian Air Force] for having been considered one of the leaders of the mutiny in March, 2007.

According to him, controllers with little more than two years of experience are put in supervising positions. Up until 2006, he said, the average time to become a supervisor was ten years. There are 3,100 controllers, 900 less than the goal for 2010.

Asked to comment, the FAB did not respond.

Phrases

"The decision to find [Jomarcelo] innocent was extremely just, but the judge exaggerated in his expressions."

"The problem is that the task given to him was not doable for someone with the experience he possessed at the time"

ROBERTO SOBRAL
Jomarcelo's lawyer

"We knew the difficulty of the number of operators and there was, yes, this pressure [to approve Jomarcelo]"

"There came a point where I was no longer willing to evaluate him"
SARGEANT WELLINGTON RODRIGUES
Instructor of air traffic controllers, in Federal Court testimony

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/fsp/cotidian/ff2105201129.htm
Preparation was "on the double", says association

From SÃO PAULO

The training of air traffic controllers is rapid and inadequate, affirms Edleuzo Cavalcante, 41, president of the ABCTA (Brazilian Association of Air Traffic Controllers).

The Air Force, to which controllers are subordinated, reduced, in the last three years, supervised practice time from 300 hours to 60 hours, he said.

"We are very close to a new tragedy", he affirmed. "Preparation is on the double. That's not how you acquire experience". Ex-sergeant, Cavalcante was expelled from the FAB [Brazilian Air Force] for having been considered one of the leaders of the mutiny in March, 2007.

According to him, controllers with little more than two years of experience are put in supervising positions. Up until 2006, he said, the average time to become a supervisor was ten years. There are 3,100 controllers, 900 less than the goal for 2010.

Asked to comment, the FAB did not respond.

Phrases

"The decision to find [Jomarcelo] innocent was extremely just, but the judge exaggerated in his expressions."

"The problem is that the task given to him was not doable for someone with the experience he possessed at the time"

ROBERTO SOBRAL
Jomarcelo's lawyer

"We knew the difficulty of the number of operators and there was, yes, this pressure [to approve Jomarcelo]"

"There came a point where I was no longer willing to evaluate him"
SARGEANT WELLINGTON RODRIGUES
Instructor of air traffic controllers, in Federal Court testimony

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