Hotchkiss in!June 21, 2012
The Director General of Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) was sacked last week by President Aquino after failing to address long-standing safety oversight issues amidst FAA audit fiasco .
Ramon S. Gutierrez will be replaced by William K. Hotchkiss III effective June 30. Hotchkiss, 69, served as commanding general of the Philippine Air Force from 1996 to 1999.
DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas previously walked out in disgust during an exit conference on January 27, 2012 by Operations Inspector Specialist Jacques Astre, head of the FAA technical team, when he was mislead by CAAP officials as to its readiness to take on the FAA audit.
Secretary Roxas was infuriated with the results presented by Astre, berating the CAAP for failing to adequately prepare for the FAA review before walking out of the meeting. He labeled CAAP management incompetent for failure to address the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) deficiencies.
Secretary Roxas said Hotchkiss’ possess excellent record in public service as well as in the private sector and they hoped that he would spell difference in the reforms to be undertaken at CAAP.
“Hotchkiss brings to CAAP his comprehensive air operations experience and proven people management skills,” Roxas said.
“A staunch advocate of discipline, good work ethic, and prioritizing safety in air flights, he fits the bill in overseeing the operations of CAAP.” adds Roxas.
The International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA Program) is a program established by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 1992 designed to appreciate a country's ability to adhere to standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance.