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[libreplanet-discuss] Free Software as potential solution to Aircraft Ma
Marc D Ronell
[libreplanet-discuss] Free Software as potential solution to Aircraft Management Systems
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:59:10 GMT
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this paper/presentation/email
are the views of the author and do not reflect the official policy
or position of any agency of the U.S. government.
For the last couple of Libre-Planet conferences, I have been
submitting proposals to give a presentation on concerns with Flight
Critical Software oversight at the US Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). The presentation proposals are consistently rejected. I see
the free software approach as a potentially good solution to aircraft
management software. In my opinion, if there were public access to
some of the aircraft management software, there would be a strong
drive and incentive to increase software quality, require much higher
standards for software developers and engineers who develop and write
safety critical systems and force US regulatory agencies to better
protect the flying public and not primarily serve large corporate
interests. Our agency needs to hire more regulators with strong,
legitimate academic credentials, especially related to software and
In my opinion, our most significant problem at the FAA is corruption.
We have a vast amount of nepotism, discrimination, gender harassment,
inappropriate hiring practices, lack of public and law enforcement
oversight, and a key failing to serve the public which funds our
agency. As Kade Crockford tried to explain in her keynote address -
our biggest problem is not technology, but more a problem with our
people, specifically our leadership. Sure we have token minorities
and Uncle Tom characters who can be paraded before the public to
support management claims, but finding those individuals is one talent
our agency does possess. The discrimination directly impacts my work.
It is really surreal to hear our president complain about the
corruption in places like Haiti and wonder why so few in the US
complain about US civil service corruption? We also just took our
kids to visit Ellis Island National Park in NYC to learn how proud the
US recently was of its previously accommodating immigration policy.
I feel like I owe people an apology for failing to bring attention to
the problems of which they may not even be aware.
I need help with two problems:
1. Can someone who has a riseup.net email account and standing please
send me an "Invite Code" so that I can get an account and access to
use that SMTP server?
2. Although I do not see myself as a whistle-blower, I am very
sympathetic to individuals who may have tried to inform the public
of problems they face. Please consider sending a letter of support
*Reality L Winner
Lincolnton County Jail
PO Box 970
Lincolnton GA 30817*
She has been writing back. You can find out more at
https://standwithreality.org/donate/. Understand that the Jail
reads everything sent its way, and that in my opinion, we need to
be really concerned.
Thanks for listening,
Marc Ronell, PhD CSE, PE EE
gpg pub key 4860EDB8 on http://pgp.mit.edu/
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