Failures

by Joseph Weisenthal


Filed Under:
aviation, faa



Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For The FAA To Solve Nation's Air Transport Woes

from the the-sky-is-still-falling dept

The expanded use of private and smaller regional jets has been hard on the nation's air travel system, because these planes use up infrastructure at a level that's disproportionate to the number of passengers they carry. Of course, the problems we've seen all summer only heighten the appeal of private air travel, further exacerbating the problem. Making matters worse is the fact that the FAA has shown no inclination to find innovative solutions. As Lynne Kiesling points out, there are a number of creative solutions out there that could mitigate the problem, none of which are really being pursued. Airlines could be forced to bid on landing rights, for example, which would force companies to prioritize their routes in a positive manner. As it is, landing fees are based on weight, which doesn't account for the longer time small planes spend on the runways. It's also been argued that the GPS system could do a better job of monitoring traffic than the existing radar systems, but plans to go down this route have stalled due to politics. Ultimately, there's no reason to expect the FAA to be innovative. It doesn't face any market pressure and there's no risk of it going under if it doesn't adapt. Instead, the only solution pushed is to encourage airlines to stop using small planes, which isn't very creative at all. All that would do is reduce options for customers, particularly those on less-traveled routes.

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    AirIcarus, 16 Aug 2007 @ 8:42am

    Moron!

    “because these planes use up infrastructure at a level that's disproportionate to the number of passengers they carry.”

    Moron! Most smaller planes land at runways that do not have a lot of traffic. Do yourself a favor and go to your local ‘big’ airport and count how many smaller planes you see. You will get a quick lesson in economics, why would a smaller, more efficient plane want to wait in a long line of big plane competing to take off, when they could land at a less busy airport a few miles away?

    “there's no reason to expect the FAA to be innovative. It doesn't face any market pressure and there's no risk of it going under if it doesn't adapt.”

    There is a great idea, lets deregulate the FAA. Moron! It did not work for the airlines, the electric companies (California)… Imagine, many smaller companies competing for a small government contract only to fail its users, oh wait, Lockheed Martin already did that when they placed their, lower wage employees as pre-flight weather briefers. Great Idea!

    “As it is, landing fees are based on weight, which doesn't account for the longer time small planes spend on the runways”

    Brain Surgeon Award of the week! Why would smaller planes spend longer amount of time on the runway? Small planes are lighter; therefore, less runway is required and they do not compete with the ‘big airplanes’ at the terminals. Smaller planes spend less time on the runway and do not create terminal backup like ‘big airplanes’ do.

    “Airlines could be forced to bid on landing rights, for example, which would force companies to prioritize their routes in a positive manner.”

    Genius, just kidding, still a moron! What makes you think airlines so do not prioritize their routes in a positive manner? Airlines just love spending money to fly people around the sky, just for fun.

    Do some research please!

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