AUSTIN, Texas — As the Federal Transportation Administration’s chief safety officer, I will work to enforce the rules that govern aircraft that fly at night and at low altitudes, officials said Wednesday.
The agency, which has been conducting safety reviews of airlines since last month, is currently considering whether to begin enforcing the current federal aviation rules.
I will continue to push for the FAA to enforce those rules, said Dan Shafer, the agency’s acting administrator.
We’ve already started making progress, Shafer said.
FAA officials are scheduled to report back in July on the agency, including the progress made on a draft rule on aircraft lighting and a new aviation safety policy.
Shafer, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in January, has made safety a priority of his tenure.
As FAA Administrator, Shafers task will include overseeing the agency and making recommendations on ways to improve aviation safety.
In July, Shasier also directed the agency to begin issuing new rules for the industry, starting with new aircraft.
Some airlines have been reluctant to comply with the new rules because of concerns about safety, but Shafer has said he’s not worried.
“We are not going to allow that to be a distraction from our mission,” he said at a September news conference announcing the FAA’s new rules.