Graves Letter to the Editor, Seattle Times, regarding Pilot Training Standards
Letter to the Editor of the Seattle Times
We all share the same goal: ensuring safety remains the top priority. Aviation accidents are the result of many factors. To focus on only one does not make aviation safer as a whole.
No one suggests that Boeing and federal regulators should not be equally scrutinized. They have difficult questions to answer. I have clearly stated that should any investigations reveal problems with the certification of the 737 MAX, Congress should act.
But if pilots are not properly trained, passengers will still be put at risk. Lessons learned from these accidents cannot be limited to aircraft design and certification; they must address any aircraft’s most important safety system: a well-trained pilot. If we address only certain factors surrounding both crashes while ignoring others, we are not doing our best to improve the safety of our system.
Congressman Sam Graves of Missouri