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Wheels of government and the rules for flying

We all know the wheels of government grind slowly, when they grind at all.

But why is it that 12 years after the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a new certification process for planes that fly in freezing rain, the Federal Aviation Administration still hasn't acted?

Could it be the reason the FAA cites — the fact that federal rulemaking is of necessity painstakingly slow, that it is better to impose a good rule after a long vetting period than a bad one that's rushed into law?

Or could the delay stem from the fact that more than half the agency's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee comes from the aviation industry?

   — Jerry Zremski

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