Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 14, 2000

January 14, 2000

The President today will unveil the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), a new public-private partnership to boost aviation safety and protect the millions of Americans who travel by air every year. The partnership, which brings together the Federal Aviation Administration, airlines and employee unions, will encourage better reporting of safety concerns by aviation employees to their employers. ASAP will give the FAA and airlines an important new source of information to prevent safety incidents and will help meet the Administration's goal of reducing commercial aviation accidents by 80 percent by 2007. The President today will be joined by a number of airlines and unions, and he will call on other members of the aviation industry to join this pathbreaking effort.

NEW AVIATION SAFETY ACTION PROGRAM WILL PREVENT ACCIDENTS. Today the President will announce a new Aviation Safety Action Program, which will encourage aviation employees to report safety-related issues and incidents to their employers and to the FAA on an expedited basis. ASAP has three important features: (1) new sources of safety data, (2) new incentives to report safety problems, and (3) the ability to reduce accidents and track problem areas.

THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD ON AIRLINE SAFETY. In August 1996, President Clinton established the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, chaired by Vice President Gore. The Commission's final report set high goals, including reducing the commercial aviation fatal accident rate by 80 percent by 2007 and recommending ASAP programs. Following up on these recommendations, the Vice President launched the Safer Skies agenda in April 1998, which, as an initial step, expanded engine inspections and improved pilots' warning and detection systems. Today's announcement is the next step in the FAA's Safer Skies agenda and only the latest of the Administration's efforts to make air travel safer for all Americans.

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