A few weeks ago, the Coyotes stood on the Denver International Airport runway and stood out from the crowd as an example of a modern engineering job.
Now, they are being taken down.
A few years ago, I had the honor of sitting down with one of the people at the agency to discuss this issue and what to do about it.
I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of the young people who work for the FAA.
But when I found out that we are taking down the aircraft and the engineering and operations support jobs of these people, it was just too much.
This is just not acceptable.
This was something I wanted to do for the people that work here.
We are talking about a small company and a lot of hard work here, and we need to make this right.
But I’m not just talking about Coyote here.
I am talking about the millions of people across this country who are going to lose their jobs if the FAA closes Coyote.
There is so much money being wasted and I think it is time to take the job away.
We want the Coyota engines to continue to operate.
And we want to be able to bring more of these aircraft to our airports.
It is important for our communities to know that the Coyotas are still flying.
And they are going where they are needed.
This isn’t just about one particular company.
It’s about the people who put their heart and soul into this.
And this is what we want for our children, our grandkids, our great-grandchildren.
There are no good jobs for engineers.
And I know the community has heard that from me.
So, it’s time to close Coyote and we are doing so.
We need to do this.
The FAA needs to be more accountable and more transparent.
We don’t have the right people in this office.
I don’t want to take this away from the employees.
But we have to take it away.
So here is what I would like to do.
I want to make sure that we have people who understand this issue, who understand the risks.
I would also like to see a real conversation about why this was necessary, and how it will be used to make it better.
We also need to talk about why the FAA is doing this.
It would be better to work together and work with the community to make Coyote safer and more efficient.
But there are so many things that we need and the people need to understand this is not just about the Coyotic.
It isn’t about the airplanes.
It wasn’t just a matter of cost.
It was a matter about safety.
The Coyote is not an airplane.
It needs to work better.
I know there are some who say, “I am a Coyote fan.
Why are we closing down the airplanes?”
That’s fine, and I understand that.
But it is a question of the future of aviation in the United States.
The airplanes have a lot to do with what happens here.
They are our engines.
We have the technology.
We can fly better airplanes and more safely and efficiently.
But they also are part of the fabric of aviation.
And so, why are we putting these airplanes out there?
And the answer is we are going in the wrong direction.
We haven’t seen the Coyots in years.
And our jobs are being cut, and that is unacceptable.
So I would say to the folks at the FAA, look at this as an opportunity to move the Coyotos out of here.
And to the community at large.
This would be a great opportunity to make the community feel heard.
It will be an opportunity for us to show that we care about the lives and the work of these young people.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank the committee for having me.
I appreciate it.
[The prepared statement of Mr. Kelly follows:] Prepared Statement of Michael Kelly, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (October 25, 2018) STATEMENT OF MICHAEL KELLY, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT Reform (Oct. 25, 18) Mr. Speaker, Ranking Member, and members of the Subcommittee on Aviation, Aviation Technology, and Human Resources, thank you for your continued support of the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Over the last two years, I have been involved in numerous meetings and hearings with my colleagues on the subcommittee to explore ways to improve the FAA’s oversight of aviation and the FAA as a whole.
In fact, I am now on the record in support of this oversight and hope to be as helpful as I can.
In this context, I would first like to acknowledge the work done by the FAA and our colleagues to ensure that all Federal employees are paid the highest possible salaries for their work.
We applaud the leadership of the FAA on this issue