Last month, I wrote about preventing whistleblowing: how do you keep employees from blowing the whistle? My short answer was to listen to what employees are saying about safety problems, investigate and take appropriate actions.
Whistleblowers have been in the news a lot lately: Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who some call a whistleblower; Avantair’s whistleblower-initiated shutdown; and the latest TWA 800 conspiracy theorists (who also style themselves as whistleblowers, although 13 years after the NTSB’s probable-cause report was issued seems more like a whistle-whisperer than -blower)–the
“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Whether Mark Twain or Dudley Warner said it remains debatable, but the point is that the same thing could be said about gray-market charters. I have been in corporate and VIP aviation for decades, and I have been hearing the legal charter operators complain about this issue for my entire career.
Assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer announced yesterday that Nordam “has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay a $2 million penalty to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA].” Nordam, a Tulsa, Okla., MRO provider, has also agreed to cooperate with the DOJ for three years, including periodic reports on compliance efforts, and the company must “implement an enhanced compliance program and internal controls designed to prevent and detect FCPA violations.”
Ethics in the global aerospace industry is one of many topics that CEOs from the U.S. and Europe are addressing at meetings here this week, according to U.S. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO Marion Blakey.
The Society of British Aerospace Companies is conducting two summit sessions here at Farnborough to promote ethical business practices in the defense sector, and to further the drive to harmonize standards on a global scale. The first meeting is today, when representatives from Europe and the U.S. meet to discuss their ethical codes and a proposed harmonization process.
For Titan Corp., the biggest fine imposed by the U.S. Justice Department since the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977 must seem like a pittance compared with the less obvious losses it suffered as a result of its malfeasance.
Transport Canada recently released “Flight 2010,” a strategy plan for enhancing the safety levels of the country’s civil aviation sector over the next five years. Among the plan’s goals are to sustain a strong safety culture, gain the “trust and confidence” of stakeholders, align expectations of management and stakeholders and ensure compliance with regulations. The strategic plan is not an action plan or work plan, Transport Canada said.