At a press conference Oct 31 in BrasÃlia, Board Chairman Milton Zuanazzi, the last remaining member of ANAC’s former board of directors of the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) announced his resignation from the board.
Zuanazz based his decision on claims that the National Civil Aviation Agency was the â€œscapegoatâ€ for Brazil’s current air crisis.
He said publicly that he â€œwould not like to workâ€ with Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, a position which is certainly understandable since Jobim has been trying to remove him since July.
He delayed his resignation to the current time to allow Jobim to find new directors. Zuanazzi says that Jobim is not well-informed about Brazil’s aviation system, and classifies some of his proposals as “reckless.” The last straw was Defense Minister Nelson Jobim’s proposal to increase the required distance between airplane seats. Doing so would force carriers to raise fares, Zuanazzi said.
One wonders how raising the distance between airplane seats will increase the safety factor, which is at the root of the whole aviation problem in Brazil.
Zuanazz recommends Civil Aviation Secretary Solange Paiva Vieira to be his replacement.