I would like to add to the article (Jan. 27) about air traffic control problems. My concern is centered on the Federal Aviation Administration's full performance level (FPL) ranking.
Before the strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controller Organization legislation called "the Whitten Amendment" required controllers to spend one year in each Federal Aviation Administration grade level. This meant it took a minimum of five years to become an FPL controller.
After the strike, FAA officials sought and received a waiver to the Whitten Amendment. This new regulation made it possible for a controller to achieve full performance level status in only two years.
I am not qualified to comment on the implications the waiver might have had and continue to have on the lives of air travelers, but I think it should be pointed out that this waiver enables the FAA to give the appearance of having much more controller experience than is actually the truth.