“We were nice and low, saw this really cute bar…”

A funny way to point out the corruption, cronyism and failures by the ‘players’ in today’s Av-Gov Complex….

A flight attendant hanging out at a bar is handed the phone and told she has a call. She chats with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta for a few minutes. She happens to be interested in buying a house in Phoenix, and knows home prices have been plummeting due to new lower routes imposed for NextGen. She asks Mr. Huerta if he can help her to get a better price by allowing flights even lower to the ground. Here’s the video:

During the phone conversation, Serena learns that Mr. Huerta is having dinner with ‘Bill’ and ‘Shelley’. This is a reference to the relationship between House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster and Shelley Rubino, a VP at a major aviation lobbyist firm, Airlines for America.

As of this week, the two biggest ‘aviation impact people’ pushing legislation to move ATC out of FAA are Bill Shuster and Nick Calio, Shelley’s boss at Airlines for America.

The video is a funny joke; on the other hand, Mr. Shuster’s apparent conflict of interest is not funny at all.


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