KingAirMan
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Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:25 am

I am finishing up some articles for my air transportation management class, and am looking for topics to do with general aviation, International aviation and the industry itself. Does anyone have any ideas of links they could post up, I have visited various sites and am now hoping that some pro's can come in and help me find some ideas! What are some of the hottest aviation issues today?


Thanks so much!

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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:30 am

DOT giving Virgin America the right to fly?

the Open skies Agreement between the US and EU

United given DOT approval to fly IAD-PEK?

hope that helps

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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:30 am

Quoting KingAirMan (Thread starter):
What are some of the hottest aviation issues today?

Hmmm.....

Composites vs. steel
Security
A third major aircraft manufacturer (China, Brazil, Japan, or India)?
age and flight (up/lower the mandatory retirement age)

Don't know if that will help or not.
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KingAirMan
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:10 am

wow! that helps a lot! Thanks to all of you have replied! More advice is certainly welcome!
 
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:19 am

Quoting KingAirMan (Thread starter):
and am looking for topics to do with general aviation, International aviation and the industry itself

If you are really looking for a good subject that covers the above, take a look at the proposal of user fees for Corporate and General Aviation. According to the proposal, you will be paying landing fees, flight plan filing fees, weather briefing fees, and even fees for using instrument approaches. Missed approach? Sorry, pay again to try it again.

Here's something to get you started:

http://web.nbaa.org/public/govt/GA_United_200701.pdf
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:20 am

Privatizing the ATC system is a big issue

Higher taxes on general aviation

The age 60 rule. (always being debated somewhere)
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kaitak
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:21 am

Personally, I think the biggest threat to aviation will be environmental issues and particularly the political climate, which - in Europe at least - will become more hostile to aviation, driven by green politicians and some elements of the media. The industry will have to give priority to developing new technologies to maximise economics and minimise fuel burn/CO2 emissions per pax.

The replacement of the current ATC system, some of which uses very old hardware, is going to pose a significant challenge. The UK had to do this a few years ago and it went severely over budget, but it is something that will have to be faced.

Regulatory issues: certainly the EU/US issue - Stage 2; the Europeans still aren't getting the idea that hell will freeze over before EU carriers get access to US routes and although I doubt there is a sane European carrier that would want to do that, there is going to be a confrontation between the EU and US on this issue. Hopefully, common sense will prevail, but I have my doubts.

Hope that helps in some way!
 
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:30 am

Quoting CaptainTim (Reply 1):
DOT giving Virgin America the right to fly?

the Open skies Agreement between the US and EU

United given DOT approval to fly IAD-PEK?

those are good, but kinda "standard" you know what i mean

here is something you might wanna do.... because this is my true story...

FAA pilots fly to Turkey, but they don't know much about the JAA as i see everyday with terms they use, and JAA/Turkish pilots fly to the FAA and they don't know much about FAA rules and reg and terms...there are huge differences that could cause issues and accidents...
why not do something on how aviation is so unstandardized across the world? almost every damn country has its own differences from the 18 icao annexes, which makes it pointless to have a common set of rules...
just a thought..
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RE: Aviation Issues Today

Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:33 am

Personally, I think one of the most serious issues facing the U.S. aviation industry is the antiquated structure and facilities that airlines are forced to work with. For example:

  • The air space around the east coast of the United States is so eternally congested that one rain drop in the New York City area closes down BOS, PHL, IAD, and just about every other east coast airport. The FAA has been talking about re-designing the air space to prevent this from happening, but there are dead Chinese bureaucrats that move faster.

  • Packing in flights into congested airports. You're flying into NYC on business, and ATC says to the airlines, "sorry, but there are just too many flights today. You'll have to cancel X number of them". Who's really at fault here? The airlines for scheduling according to demand? ATC that realizes the skies are too crowded?

  • Congested airports. Even in the early 1990's, airports such as LGA, EWR, and ORD were already too small for the demands placed upon them. Then came regional jets - and the crowding got worse. Anyone who doesn't know about the infamous delays at O'Hare has been living in a cave, and other than ATL's new 5th runway and Denver's humongous replacement airport, nothing much is being done about improving it.

    Infrastructure will never be glamorous, so nobody wants to think about it. But when faced with massive delays, finger pointing runs rampant - but solutions don't seem to be conceived of.

    I would direct you to this area - maybe you can find a solution. Then again, maybe you will find a way to turn water into wine. I wish you luck.
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    TeleBlue
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    RE: Aviation Issues Today

    Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:23 am

    As a private pilot, I think the most important issue facing aviation in the United States is indeed the question of modernizing the FAA's ATC infrastructure. So I agree with PanAm747.

    FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey recently said that the cost to upgrade to a modernized system will be $30 - $44 billion dollars. Frankly, I don't think anyone knows the true cost of this new system. But one thing is pretty obvious: this new system will cost a lot of money. The funding system we've got today (principally ticket and fuel taxes) won't get the job done...so we do need something new.

    That "something new" is a big debate in Washington...and FAA has a whole section of their web site dedicated to the subject (http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/reauthorization/)

    The earlier poster, "Type-Rating" is actually incorrect. The new funding proposal does not charge fees for specific services. Instead, it charges airlines a fee to use the air traffic control system, based on how many miles they fly. Thus, a flight from JFK-LAX will generate more money, compared to a flight from DFW-IAH. In developing the proposal, the business aviation community insisted to FAA that they didn't want such a user fee, and would prefer to stick with the fuel tax. The FAA allowed this, and has proposed to raise the fuel tax from about 20 cents to 70 cents.

    The fundamental issue is whether or not everyone should pay his fair share for use of the ATC system. The airlines (and passengers) are presumably tired of paying for G-IVs to fly around the country...that simple.
     
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    RE: Aviation Issues Today

    Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:40 pm

    Quoting TeleBlue (Reply 9):
    The earlier poster, "Type-Rating" is actually incorrect. The new funding proposal does not charge fees for specific services. Instead, it charges airlines a fee to use the air traffic control system, based on how many miles they fly.

    Remember that the airlines collect user fees from the passengers, so they don't actually pay the users fees. The cost is passed on to the passengers. The current ATC system is designed for the airlines. They should pay for it. The ATC cost of moving a 767 from JFK to STL does not equal the same cost as moving a C-172 the same distance, as the C-172 will be using outlying airports rather than the hubs that actually drive up the ATC cost.

    As the NBAA states, starting GA and Corportate Users fees would open the door to other fees, as I pointed out in my original post and is outlined in the link I provided.

    Us tax payers have already bailed out the airlines on numerous occasions, and the airlines are trying to use the proposed user fees to shed actual costs and once again pass them on to others. This is unacceptable for the Corporate and GA community.
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    RE: Aviation Issues Today

    Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:46 pm

    Back in November last year I delivered a lecture to the Air Transport Course of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society on "Issues facing the Air Transport Industry".

    The strategic/political environment the airline industry operates in (think, for example, security), the economics of the industry (think, for example, labour market issues, airport charging), product decisions, technology (not just aircraft technology - think, for example, air traffic control and using the web to sell tickets), financial management (think, for example, oil price) and government interventions (regulations, taxation, subsidies, ownership, etc) all throw up issues.

    I am happy to send you a copy of the Powerpoint slides if you email me but below, internationalised, was my own personal list of issues (I am a government international air services negotiator and regulator) that I gave at the end of the lecture:

    What decision should [a government regulatory authority] make on [a controversial airline merger/alliance] application?
    How can [a government] secure the traffic rights for [its national "flag" carrier's] next new international destinations?
    How should [governments/airlines] respond to [the rapid growth of airlines from the] Gulf states?
    How can the world move away from the current archaic regime of exchanging traffic rights?
    How should [governments/airlines] respond on climate change and aviation emissions?
    Will I be delayed and my bags be lost the next time I travel on an airline?

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