moe. Works Medleys, Jethro Tull Cover Into Capitol Theatre Closer

first_img#NYC we’re home right now at The Capitol Theatre but we’ll be home again in March at Stage 48 and PlayStation Theater!Posted by Moe. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 Load remaining images The energy kept going with “Skrunk”, a groovy melody that opened up wide as Schnier took off into another dimension with his fierce guitar jam. Psychedelic undertones and jazzy funk played out before a smooth transition into “Time Ed.” Loughlin and Amico showcased their instruments with a pounding drum performance before mellowing out with the mallet cat. The band joined in and just tore this jam up with scorching energy.“Blue Jeans Pizza” was heavy with bongos before moe. mashed things up with “Punchline.” The band playfully swayed back and forth from “Punchline” into teases of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise.” This incredible mash-up was piano heavy, as guest Nate Wilson rolled up and down the black and whites. The jam was then thrown over to Schnier and Garvey as they shredded into outerspace.The evening cooled off as they took things down a notch with a relaxed funk jam, before going back into “Punchline” then easing into a honky tonk hoe-down jam. This set ending performance was full of brilliant waves of energy. Just when the audience thought the jam would come to a close, surprise! The melody would morph into yet another colorful Announces Three-Night St. Patrick’s Day Run In New YorkSecond set got underway with a relaxed “Annihilation Blues” that was crammed with heavy bass-slapping bombs. “Captain America” was a delight as well, overloaded with extended jams thrown back and forth to all musicians on stage. Garvey provided tender touches of lightened guitar before sending the tune off into trippy vibrations. Mind-bending organ, mixed with splashes of long-held guitar notes, created an Egyptian-laced sound that circled around the theater before they gently wound into “Recreational Chemistry.” Again, the band took this tune on a kaleidoscopic trip around vibrant tones and notes, with the mallet cat highlighting the song midway. This lengthy jam took its time before heading back to finish the song.There was no stopping the heat of this show as they went into “The Road.” The band was sounding tight and were clearly having a blast on stage. “Brent Black” was filled to the rim with chunks of mind-blowing guitar and drum work, as Loughlin and Amico, once again, showed off their talent on the percussion with solos. Derhak took an unhurried moment to show off the deep tones of his bass guitar before the rest of the band joined back in for a solid jam before finishing the tune.Al Schnier Talks Leaving Floodwood, Playing Jerry’s Guitar And So Much moe.The band took a quick breather before heading into a gently started “Rebubula”, which quickly kicked into high gear. They slid into “Four” mid-jam, followed by the “Rebubula” reprise. It was a jam sandwich crammed with intense energy and tasty nuggets of saucy shredding. Set two came to a close that was hot to the was treating fans to a fantastic treat at The Capitol. The evening closed to a double encore of “Do or Die” and a Jethro Tull cover of “Cross Eyed Mary.” This is a show moe. fans will not soon forget.Listen To The Full Show Audio Below via Taper Jon Merin:Setlist: moe. At The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 11/14/15Set I: Okayalright > Letter Home > New York City, Skrunk > Time Ed, Blue Jeans Pizza > Waiting for the PunchlineSet II: Annihilation Blues, Captain America > Recreational Chemistry, The Road > Brent Black, Rebubula > Four > RebubulaEncore: Do or Die, Cross Eyed MaryWords by Sarah Bourque, Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein. Full Gallery:center_img moe. came out swinging with an incredible show on Saturday for the second night of their run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. moe. consists of Vinnie Amico on drums, Rob Derhak on bass, Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier on guitar, and Jim Loughlin on percussion. With the band’s tour celebrating 25 years, they had special guest Nate Wilson of Ghosts of Jupiter, and founding member of Percy Hill, on keys for the weekend run. Silver jackets appeared to be the theme as a few members wore various shades of shiny for the evening, which added to the fun vibe in the air. The evening started off with an incredible “Okayalright,” which included a steamy guitar jam mid-song before spilling into “Letter Home.” The audience went nuts when this showed up on the set list, belting the words. The theater was dripping with high energy early on in the show, and all signs pointed to this being one hot evening. The intense vibe continued with a seamless flow into “New York City”, an appropriate tune for its location. Set one was on fire with no sign of slowing down. //last_img read more

The Wait is Over: Obamas Choose First Dog

first_img (White House photos of Bo- arriving at the White House, and greeting the first family) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore (Video below may take a moment to load.) center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore It’s decided: the Obamas have chosen a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog to be the first pet. It was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy and fulfills the president’s election night promise to his daughters.  They named it Bo, after Bo Diddley, and Michelle’s father, whose nickname was Diddley.   last_img read more

SGA plans key goals for campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s student body president Nicole Gans and vice president Jackie Zupanic outlined a plan for their administration to be the “backbone” for student life and campus activities this year. “Our goals for this year include partnering with more offices and departments to integrate activities on campus, creating better spaces for students to relax and study, and strengthening established clubs and organizations on campus by providing support both financially and structurally,” Gans said. Zupanic said the team worked over the summer to plan a retreat for their new board. During the Student Government Association (SGA) retreat, she said the board members met with department heads and administrators to talk about their goals for the year. The women will meet with all of their board members individually during the first weeks of class, Gans said. “These positions will help us not only develop into good leaders, but also great listeners,” Gans said. “We hope we learn how to be ambassadors to our school inside and outside of the office. Being approachable and open-minded will aid in the continued success of Saint Mary’s student government.” Gans said their team is “passionate” and “serious” about improving student life at Saint Mary’s. One of their accomplishments at the end of the spring semester was the addition of a printer in one of the campus residence halls. The team will continue to work on their other platform initiatives this semester, and Gans said she would like more students to participate in student government to hear more of their ideas. “Since all of our meetings are open to campus, we hope to see a higher attendance throughout the year,” Gans said. Social media and improved communication will also be a part of the Gans-Zupanic administration. “Also, we plan to have open forums and communication by email, Facebook, Twitter and our website.” Gans said she and her vice president are excited to work with the other members of SGA, in addition to the finer perks of the job. “[We get] free t-shirts and our own desks,” she said.last_img read more

Biking The Iron Curtain Trail

first_imgJoshua Hammer is a freelance foreign correspondent for the NY Times and is based in Berlin. He and Mark Simon, also from the NY Times, recently documented a cycling trip that followed along the Iron Curtain (the ideological and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991).The article is full of interesting information about the history of Germany, military activity, various cultures, foods and geography. It’s amazing how much fun learning can be when you throw in a bike!Read the Full Story Here.last_img read more

Legislature’s push to address concerns about wind power projects sputters, splinters

first_imgby Andrew Stein May 4, 2013 On Friday, the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee agreed to the Houses pared-down version of what was originally a bill regulating large wind turbine projects, including a three-year moratorium.But although Senate bill 30 is moving forward without any controls on energy siting, some key provisions are still on the table.Senators folded $75,000 worth of Public Service Department assessments into the appropriations bill, including those on the potential health and environmental effects of wind generation plants. The House Natural Resources and Energy Committee had voted to strip that key section from the remains of S.30, which entered the session with a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind developments.In another move, Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex Orleans, successfully tacked an amendment onto House Bill 39, which has passed the Senate. It has language that would require energy generation applicants to submit project plans to local planning commissions six months prior to a permit request with the Public Service Board. Rodgers wants to give towns more time to consider such applications.Whats left of S.30 is a call for six meetings of the House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committees during the legislative offseason. Lawmakers will be tasked with considering the findings andrecommendations of the Governors siting commission. The commission, which just wrapped up its work, was formed amidst vocal opposition to the siting of wind developments and outcry surrounding the Public Service Boards permitting process.Whats not left in the bill is a prohibition against energy generation plants on state lands.Sen. Bob Hartwell, D-Bennington, chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee. He said such language might not come back into play this session, but it would be a salient point of conversation during the committees meetings.How we deal with public lands and protect them â ¦ we think we may need some legislative protections on that moving forward, he said. As for the other issues, Clearly there are some serious problems with the siting itself and public access (to the permitting process) that we dont believe is working properly, he said.Checking the recordWhen Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, told VTDigger the other week that the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation had serious reservations about the public lands language in S.30 that was true.When he said, Nobody, including myself, has ever argued that there should be wind on state land that was false.Two years ago, Klein, who chairs the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, introduced H.56, which went on to become the 2011 Energy Act. Kleins initial bill  contained language requiring the state of Vermont to make its facilities and lands available to the states retail electric providers for installation of renewable energy plants, with some legal exceptions.That language never passed, but it was apparently proposed in earnest.Initially, we were trying to get them to change their policy to accept wind on it, Klein said on Thursday. Through the course of discussion in the committee, we accepted the premise that they were operating on.The premise that the Department of Forests was and still is operating on is an Agency of Natural Resources policy that prohibits large-scale renewable energy projects on state parks, forests, wildlife management areas and other agency properties. The 121-foot wind turbine on Burke Mountain in East Burke was exempt from this policy because of its smaller size.Prohibiting renewables on state landsThe version of S.30 that passed out of the Senate would have established that policy in statute, and been almost the opposite to what Klein introduced in 2011. That Senate version of the bill would have prohibited construction for commercial purposes, including electric power production, on state lands.Kleins committee removed this language from the bill due to concerns expressed by the Department of Forests, and the bill passed with overwhelming support in the House, just as Kleins committee recommended.Sen. Galbraith, D-Windham, was behind the original language that would have created a statute prohibiting such development on state lands, and he wants it back in play.The Senate felt it was extremely important to make clear that lands that were set aside in perpetuity for the people of Vermont as parks, wildlife areas or forest land should remain that way without commercial development, he said.But the Department of Forests has warned the senator and other legislators since February that the language conflicts with some of its stewardship duties over state land holdings.Inhibiting the Forest Department?When Galbraith first introduced the prohibition in Senate bill 21 , an Agency of Natural Resources representative provided testimony, raising concern about the states ability to manage forests under such a provision. Despite these concerns, almost identical language to what was in S.21 was then added to S.30.In fiscal year 2012, the Department of Forests harvested 1.3 million board feet of saw timber and 5,000 cords of wood. The state sold this wood at below market value to local mills and woodworkers to prop up these industries. This generated $365,000 for the state an amount that Michael Snyder, commissioner of the department, said is not insignificant.Logging is a tool that we use to manage forests for health, for sustainability, for habitat enhancement, for aesthetics and for recreational attributes, he said. We use the money, and thats a commercial activity with tremendous benefits to the state.Snyder testified to Kleins committee about this issue, and he took particular issue with language in the Senate version of S.30 that said public lands are intended to remain in a natural or wild state forever and shall be protected and managed accordingly.In the Green Mountain National Forest they have some designated wilderness, where people are allowed to go in, but you cant make improvements, he told VTDigger. Our lands are not like that. We dont have wilderness, and we think its not appropriate to manage this land as natural and wild. We want to maintain them as healthy, but we encourage human use to allow people to enjoy them. Trails and parks infrastructure, those are not wild.Galbraith interprets the version of the bill that passed out of Senate as allowing for such practices. There is a section in the bill that permits structures and roads for forestry purposes and construction for visitors at state parks and forests, he said.But Klein says he is siding with Snyder, who asserts that the current agency policy is sufficient prohibition on energy projects.Klein admitted that in recent years he has shifted his stance on renewable energy siting, saying now that he does oppose large-scale wind projects on state lands.Lets be real about this, he said. I have moved my position forward. I acknowledge there are problems. I understand communities are being disrupted. And Im trying to move towards that solution. If you want to hold somebody to whatever theyve said once in their life can never be changed, Im guilty.last_img read more

Ninth Circuit JNC to fill an Orange County vacancy

first_img April 30, 2011 Regular News Ninth Circuit JNC to fill an Orange County vacancy The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting application to fill a vacancy on the Orange County bench created by the resignation of Judge Maura T. Smith. < p>Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, a registered voter, and must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office. < p>Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s web site at and are also available from the office of Michael J. Snure, JNC Chair, 1150 Louisiana Avenue, Suite One, Winter Park 32789, or Post Office Box 2728, Winter Park 32790, phone (407) 644-7600. < p>An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Snure no later than 5 p.m., May 26. Include a photograph on or as the cover page to the application. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline may not be considered. For assistance, refer to the link on the JNC Website home page ( called “Guidelines for Submitting Applications to the Ninth Judicial Nominating Commission for Judicial Vacancies.” Ninth Circuit JNC to fill an Orange County vacancylast_img read more

Migraine surgery for teens — good results in initial experience

first_imgShare on Twitter LinkedIn As in adults, migraine surgery is effective for selected adolescent patients with severe migraine headaches that don’t respond to standard treatments, reports a study in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).ASPS Member Surgeon Bahman Guyuron, MD, Emeritus professor of plastic surgery at Case School of Medicine, Cleveland, and colleagues report good outcomes in an initial experience with migraine surgery in younger patients. They write, “Our data demonstrate that surgery for refractory migraine headaches in the adolescent population may improve and potentially completely ameliorate symptoms for some.”Young Patients Can Benefit from Migraine Surgery Too The researchers describe their experience with migraine surgery in 14 patients under age 18. Dr. Guyuron developed the migraine surgery techniques after noticing that some migraine patients had reduced headache activity after undergoing cosmetic forehead lift procedures going back to year 2000.The surgery targets “trigger sites” in the nerve branches that produce headaches, identified by preoperative evaluation. Trigger sites are detected using a constellation of symptoms, nerve blocks, ultrasound Doppler and CT scans. Dr. Guyuron and his team have published 24 articles in peer-reviewed journals on this topic and efficacy of the surgery, and have another 12 research projects in process. Five additional independent centers have confirmed Dr. Guyuron’s findings.All teen patients in the experience had debilitating migraine attacks that continued despite recommended medications. The patients were 11 females and three males, average age 16 years. One patient underwent two procedures targeting different trigger sites. Average follow-up was about three years, and at least one year in all patients.In this group of young patients, surgery was highly effective in reducing migraine headaches. Average headache frequency decreased from 25 per month before surgery to five per month afterward. Average migraine severity score decreased from 8.2 to 4.3 on a ten-point scale.The average time of migraine attacks also decreased from about 12 hours to 4 hours. Five of the 14 patients were completely free of migraines after surgery. One patient had no change in migraine frequency, although attacks were shorter and less severe.Migraine headaches are a common problem in children and adolescents, and have a significant impact on mental and physical health for patients and their families. Treatment options are limited. One study has reported that nearly one-fourth of children with neurologist-diagnosed migraine don’t respond to recommended medications. “This represents a large group of adolescent migraine patients with continued symptoms in spite of specialized medical treatment,” Dr. Guyuron and coauthors write.Although the experience is small and preliminary, the results suggest that migraine surgery, like in adults, is safe and effective in teenaged patients. No complications were encountered in this group of young patients. As in adults, surgery is performed only after careful evaluation in patients who don’t respond to standard migraine treatments, who have identifiable trigger points and the family history confirms continuation of migraine headaches from childhood to the adult age.“Identifying the adolescent patient who would benefit from surgery is the most important aspect of surgical intervention,” Dr. Guyuron and colleagues write. They emphasize the need for “more in-depth and prospective studies” to confirm the effectiveness of migraine surgery, and to weigh the risks and benefits of surgery for younger patients. Share on Facebookcenter_img Share Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

Three-minute test detects common form of dementia that’s hard to diagnose

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Although Lewy Body disease (LBD) is the second-most-common degenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not exactly a household name. It affects more than 1.3 million Americans, is poorly recognized, and diagnosis is often significantly delayed. Patients with LBD simultaneously experience losses in cognitive function, mobility and behavior. The late Robin Williams had this form of dementia as did legendary NHL coach Alger Joseph “Radar” Arbour, which also can cause visual hallucinations and make depression worse. Until now, there has been no way to assess or operationalize many of the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of LBD in clinical practice.A leading neuroscientist at Florida Atlantic University has developed the “Lewy Body Composite Risk Score” (LBCRS) to quickly and effectively diagnose LBD and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) in about three minutes. The LBCRS is a brief rating scale that can be completed by a clinician to assess clinical signs and symptoms highly associated with the pathology of this disease. With this important tool, a clinician can assess whether the patient has bradykinesia, rigidity, postural instability, or rest tremor without having to grade each extremity. This simple, one-page survey provides structured yes/no questions for six non-motor features that are present in patients with LBD, but are much less commonly found in other forms of dementia.The LBCRS study, “Improving the Clinical Detection of Lewy Body Dementia with the Lewy Body Composite Risk Score,” recently published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, involved 256 patients who were compared with the clinical dementia rating and gold standard measures of cognition, motor symptoms, function and behavior. The test was administered in a “real-world” clinic setting with patients who were referred from the community rather than in a research sample. The clinic sample had a mixture of gender, education, comorbidities, behavioral, affective, motor symptoms, and diagnoses. The LBCRS was able to discriminate between Alzheimer’s disease and LBD with 96.8 percent accuracy, and provided sensitivity of 90 percent and specificity of 87 percent. Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Email For the study, caregivers completed evaluations to determine the presence and severity of non-cognitive symptoms observed in the patient and their impact on the caregiver. Each patient was administered a 30-minute test battery at the time of the office visit to assess their cognitive status. The LBCRS was completed after all other rating scales were scored and the diagnosis was presented to the patient and family.“Most patients never receive an evaluation by a neurologist skilled in the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, and significant delays and misdiagnoses occur in most patients with this disease,” said James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country who developed the LBCRS, and a professor of clinical biomedical science in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and a professor in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. “This new tool has the potential to provide a clearer, more accurate picture for those patients who are unable to be seen by specialists, hastening the correct diagnosis and reducing the strain and burden placed on patients and caregivers.”Another important aspect of the LBCRS is its ability to improve the sensitivity of diagnosis, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to patients with LBD to medications that can have potentially serious adverse consequences. The survey also increases the potential opportunity to receive appropriate symptomatic therapies in a timely fashion, and lessens the inappropriate exclusion from and inclusion into clinical trials.“Early detection of Lewy body dementias will be important to enable future interventions at the earliest stages when they are likely to be most effective,” said Galvin. “Our study provides evidence-based methodology that will have applications in clinical practice, participation in clinical trials, prevention studies, community surveys, and biomarkers research.”Galvin is one of the leading international experts on LBD, and has been working to improve clinical detections by combining biomarkers including high density EEG, functional and structural MRI, PET scans and CSF biomarkers to characterize and differentiate LBD from healthy aging and other neurodegenerative diseases.Galvin has led efforts to develop a number of dementia screening tools, including the Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS), AD8, a brief informant interview to translate research findings to community settings. He has done cross-cultural validation of dementia screening methods in comparison with Gold Standard clinical evaluations and biomarker assays. His team also has developed sophisticated statistical models to explore transition points in clinical, cognitive, functional, behavioral and biological markers of disease in healthy aging, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer disease, and Parkinson’s disease.last_img read more

Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety for aviation passengers by revitalizing oversight of the aviation industry. The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would reform the federal government’s role to implement strong safety standards for and oversight over the aviation industry in the wake of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes – Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 – that resulted in the deaths of 346 people. Udall has been an advocate of strong oversight and accountability in aviation safety, calling for the first Senate aviation safety hearing in years following the 2018 after the engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight that caused the death of Jennifer Riordan, a beloved member of the Albuquerque community, and pushing for subsequent FAA action to ensure safer airplane engines. In October 2019, Udall pressed then-CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenberg, to hold the company accountable for its “cozy” relationship with FAA regulators and demonstrate clear concrete steps to reform a lax safety culture. Udall and Blumenthal sent a letter to Muilenberg following the October hearing, demanding that Muilenberg clarify his testimony about Boeing’s response to the crashes and effort to hide the significance of the MCAS system from FAA officials. The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act effectively reverses the provisions enacted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, which allowed the aviation industry to regulate many of its own safety certification processes. As a result, Boeing’s automated system MCAS, which has been widely recognized as the cause of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, was never fully analyzed by the FAA while Boeing downplayed its risks.“The two tragic Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes revealed substantial weakness in the FAA certification process and a cozy culture with industry that pushed speed and profit at the expense of safety. This utter debacle cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars—proving that we cannot rely on aircraft manufacturers to regulate their own safety standards.” said Udall. “The American people expect the FAA to be tough, independent and uncompromising when it comes to their safety, and this new bill would restore integrity in the FAA’s certification process while restoring the flying public’s faith in American aviation. I hope the Senate Commerce Committee can come together and approve a strong bill in the near future to protect all people who use air travel to visit their families, conduct business, and see the world.” This legislation is supported by a number of aviation industry groups, including the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Government Accountability Project (GAP), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU).“The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act of 2020 upgrades aviation whistleblowing protections to parity with all other federal whistleblowing statutes passed in the last two decades. Beyond implementing an incentive system for reporting and ensuring individuals aren’t gagged from reporting wrongdoing, the bill offers best practice retaliation protections for an expanded class of whistleblowers, and in certain cases allows these folks to make their case before a jury of their peers. The Government Accountability Project is proud to endorse this legislation and heartily recommends its passage. We thank Senator Blumenthal and his staff for their dedication to protecting and encouraging overseers’ eyes and ears on the ground and in the air,” said Irvin McCullough, Deputy Legislative Director of the Government Accountability Project. “ALPA applauds Senator Blumenthal for his work on the Restoring Aviation Accountability Act of 2020. This bill is a safety-first measure that makes a number of improvements in the aviation system, including aircraft certification, delegated authority and the oversight of the FAA’s certification process. In addition, the legislation more directly involves those on the front of lines of keeping our skies safe – airline pilots – in the aircraft certification process. ALPA looks forward to working with other safety-minded leaders like Senator Blumenthal to see this bill enacted into law,” said president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l Capt. Joe DePete. “TWU was the first union to call for grounding the MAX because our members saw how unsafe the system that approved that plane was. This bill would address those systemic problems and help ensure that airline workers and travelers have a safe experience on our aircraft,” said TWU International President John Samuelsen. “The type certification process needs serious correction as highlighted by the 737 MAX accidents. AFA joins concerns expressed by Congress, the NTSB, DOT IG, and others. It is critical to establish a commission to recommend a transition from the ODA program,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “Aviation regulation is often written in blood – we must learn and change to protect future lives and our industry. We support the legislation introduced by Senators Blumenthal, Markey and Udall.” The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would: Establish a commission to review the current FAA safety delegation program (ODA) to determine and evaluate if alternative certification programs would provide more robust oversight.Increase the accountability measures of the current safety oversight system by requiring that pay, compensation, and bonuses for officers and employees of the FAA are not contingent on delivery of airplanes, the number of aircraft certified, or the number of audits completed.  Prohibits safety certification system employees of manufacturers from having performance standards tied to delivery of aircraft. Bolster whistleblower incentives and protections in the aviation industry for employees, contractors, and subcontractors of aircraft manufacturers, aircraft repair stations, and the FAA by providing whistleblowers with access to court for a jury trial and monetary incentives for information that leads to a successful resolution of a complaint. The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.last_img read more