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RUNNING HEAD: Implementing the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 1Implementing the Federal Aviation Act of 1958Module 4.3: The Federal Aviation Act of 1958Chas PhillipsEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityMarch 14, 2019
Implementing the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 2Implementing the Federal Aviation Act of 1958I. Summary“On August 23, 1958 the President signed into law the most important piece of aviation legislation to come out of Congress in the past two decades.” (Gelder, 1959, p. 1214). Several research organizations had worked tirelessly on the air safety problem, this slow progress forced the President to act and in 1956 he appointed Edward Curtis as his special assistant for aviation facilities planning. Edward created the “Curtis Report” (Gelder, 1959, p. 1214) and it was submitted to Congress. This outlined the need for an independent aviation agency to be set up by 1959 which would solve many of the aviation safety woes experienced over the preceding years. In addition, this agency would implement legislation that would regulate aviation safety to ensure strict standards were being met.II. Problem“On the morning of Saturday, June 30, 1956, United Flight 718 collided with TWA Flight2 over the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. Since the accident involved two of the largest commercial aircraft then in service--a Lockheed Super Constellation, and a Douglas DC-7--it resulted in the greatest loss of life, by far, in any accident of the time.” (Doney, 2014). The vast