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Americans give FAA high marks

Three-out-of-four Americans feel the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is doing a good job according to a recent survey…

Three-out-of-four Americans feel the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is doing a good job according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll, ranking the agency as one of the top three in government. The 76 percent positive public rating for the FAA in 2003 is a dramatic jump from 2001 and 2002, which were 58 and 54 percent approval ratings respectively.

“The vast numbers of Americans who take to the skies everyday is a true indicator of the nation’s confidence in air travel,” said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey. “In the next 100 years of flight, with millions of more Americans choosing air travel, the FAA intends to meet public expectations and make the finest aviation system in the world even safer and more efficient.”

The FAA attributes this year’s rise in public confidence due to the agency’s extensive efforts to modernize air traffic, improve capacity, upgrade international leadership, and strengthen the agency’s organizational excellence.

This year, Blakey unveiled the “FAA Flight Plan 2004-2008.” The plan establishes objectives for reducing commercial and general aviation accident rates; creates programs to work with local governments and airspace users to meet capacity demands; steps up efforts to work with international aviation organizations to create strategic partnerships; and provides guidelines for stronger organizational leadership at the agency with a better trained workforce, enhanced cost controls, and improved decision-making based on reliable data.

In addition, the FAA recently consolidated all of its air traffic services and research and acquisition programs into a single business-like structure. The Air Traffic Organization is a leaner, more efficient organization with a strict focus on providing the best service for the best value to the aviation industry and traveling public.

The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between Oct. 21 and 27 among a nationwide cross section of 2,056 adults on various federal agencies. Eighty-five percent of those polled understood what the FAA did and did not do.

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