Gardner fed up with local FAA office, requests audit
WASHINGTON D.C. – After years of lost paperwork and now weeks of repeated attempts to contact the Federal Aviation Administration about negligence at the agency’s local office in Colorado, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) is still waiting for a reply to his constituents, and he’s fed up with the lack of response. His office has been working on several cases where delays have been long and the FAA is unresponsive.
“This type of laziness and disregard from a government agency is unacceptable,” Gardner said. “My office has been trying to reach officials at FAA’s regional office to address a pressing economic matter that affects the state of Colorado. Every day they ignore us businesses are losing money and the state is losing revenue.”
Gardner is requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation conduct a full audit of the FAA’s regional office to find out why it has been negligent in processing permit applications (including losing them) for commercial and agricultural usage. In a letter to the Inspector General, Gardner cites a recent example of FAA ineptitude that needs to be addressed:
“One such matter involves Nickel D LLC’s application for a Part 137 permit. Nickel D LLC filed the application at the Denver Field Office in April of 2011. The correspondence received from the FAA outlined that the permit would be completed and processed within two years of the receipt of the application. When Nickel D LLC originally submitted their pre-application for a Part 137 permit, it was lost by the Denver Field Office. Nickel D LLC was never moved up in the line to compensate for the lost application, and now two years later they still have not received their permit or an indication of when it will be completed.”
FAA’s permits are critical to assisting rural communities throughout Colorado. Gardner’s district is over 31,000 square miles, and due to the lack of a large scale airport, small planes provide a vital service in personal transportation and are used for business purposes such as the spraying of fields by agricultural aircraft.
According to Gardner’s letter, these small aircraft operators are unable to obtain permits, given no timeframe for approval, and have been treated disrespectfully by the District Office. Gardner hopes to work with the Inspector General to correct these problems and return proper services to Colorado’s communities.