Now, some see a conspiracy, although I’m not really convinced. But here’s the theory: Remember when the FAA threatened to close scores of towers and then furloughed air traffic controllers, leading to crippling air travel delays? There was a public outcry, Congress stepped in and the controllers were back on the job within days. That’s what you call the squeaky wheel getting the grease. Some people in the industry I’ve talked with believe that the certification folks at the FAA have seen how well the tactic worked for controllers and they are now testing it out for themselves. Certification approvals have slowed, some contend, because certain factions within the FAA are trying to make the point that what they do is important and needs to be funded adequately. They’re just waiting for the outcry.