A Blue Ribbon Panel that includes Nick Sabatini? How can Nick Sabatini be selected to serve on such a panel with any credibility? The Department of Transportation/Inspector General reports are full of FAA program failures under Sabatini's purview over the past decade and he capped off his FAA regime time as an associate administrator by getting caught giving "misleading testimony" to Congress during the 2008 Southwest Airlines oversight hearing.
It was Sabatini's "leadership" that led to today's FAA being incapable of providing oversight of the MRO's that do maintenance on US carriers with unqualified "technicians". Notice the increasing number of US carrier emergency landings due to engine failures and smoke in the cockpit incidents?
Sabatini also left behind an army of FAA sycophants that will still do his bidding because they obtained their jobs thru his cronyism system. Is that his purpose on this panel? The profit motive is high, and with the RARA already selling tickets without NTSB findings, they seem to be pushing the envelop to a foregone conclusion. In other words, the fix is in. Sabatini's sycophants will buy anything he sells and the RARA needs an FAA approval of sorts for public relations.
How about replacing him with someone who doesn't sport "misleading testimony" to Congress on his resume?
Gabe Bruno, Executive Director
FAA Whistleblowers Alliance