US FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt moved to ease tension with the agency's 15,000 air traffic controllers yesterday at a time when the agency and the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn. are in arbitrated talks over a new labor contract (ATWOnline, May 1). Declaring that FAA is "moving away from a culture of blame and punishment" in the reporting of operational errors by controllers, Babbitt said that henceforth controllers' names will not be included in reports sent to agency headquarters ...

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