1 October 2013
Portions of the federal government have started the process of shutting down for the first time in 17 years. However, the President has ordered that active-duty military still receive their pay. Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the FAA as part of the shutdown. The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and visit repair stations where airlines send planes for major overhauls. Meanwhile, AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus, in a letter posted
to the AIAA website, wrote about the impending government shutdown, noting that AIAA is preparing for another difficult year because of the uncertainties in the Federal budget.
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(The Associated Press