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The Airlines Are Terrible At Running Their Businesses, So Let's Turn Air Traffic Control Over To Them

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

What could go wrong? Imagine that you run a troubled business and a group of people come to you and say they can help. You would want to look into the...

NASA Is the Earth's Protector, Take 2

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Alan W. Silberberg

A few days ago I was a guest of NASA at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center which is located on the grounds of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.

FAA Funding Collides With ATC Overhaul and Airplane Fire Threats

Christine Negroni | Posted 02.11.2017 | Travel
Christine Negroni

The public has sporadic interest in air travel news; seat size and ticket prices get attention, as do stories of badly-behaving flight attendants. But...

Congress Is About to Screw Up the Safest Aviation System in the World

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

We must address -- today -- how air traffic control will move into the 21st century, how we are going to recruit people to become pilots amidst a national pilot shortage and how we can jump start our aircraft manufacturing industry.

Sitting On Runway Waiting For Takeoff May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology

That frustrating and sometimes lengthy period between boarding an airplane and taking off could soon be consigned to the history books. Engineers at t...

Drones, the Robot Revolution and a Star Wars Society

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 12.28.2016 | Technology
Amy Dardashtian

Our strictly controlled airspace will soon become a society in the sky. Much like Star Wars, there is already a battle between the good and the evil, as the feds and the states try to police and regulate drones.

No Brag Just Fact

Sandy Thomas | Posted 11.07.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Back in 1986 Moorhead High (Moorhead, Minnesota) alumni were planning a 10th year reunion. My husband Glenn and I were both members of Moorhead High'...

Air Traffic Controllers' Chronic Fatigue Poses 'Significant Risk' To Airline Safety In Secret Government Study

Associated Press | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.14.2015 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A study the government kept secret for years says that air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, maki...

A Few Clarifications About Air Traffic Control Reform

Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D.

On April 5, Kevin DeGood of the Center for American Progress published "4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization." The article went through potential fears some Americans may have if Congress were to take air traffic control governance out of direct congressional control. While change can be frightening, it is probably not as scary as DeGood has suggested.

Why Won't the Big Powers Allow Global Monitoring of Flights Like MH370?

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

There is no doubt that all the great powers, especially the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, will oppose any move for global tracking of flights. They have had a long track record of weakening, rather than strengthening, global multilateral institutions. They have even weakened multilateral institutions like the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency, even though we have a global interest in strengthening them to prevent pandemics like Ebola and nuclear proliferation.

Plane Aborts Landing After 'Joke' From Air Traffic Control

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel

A Delta plane was forced to circle the airport for over an hour last Wednesday after an air traffic controller "joked" the plane wasn't allowed to lan...

Investigation Underway After Two 757s Came Within 5 Miles Of Each Other

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.19.2014 | Crime

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a disturbingly close call after two Boeing 757s pas...

Glitch In Air Traffic Control System Discovered

Reuters | Alwyn Scott and Joseph Menn | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters) - A common design problem in the U.S. air traffic control system made it possible for a U-2 spy plane to spark a computer...

WATCH: One Day In European Air Traffic In 2 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.03.2014 | Travel

On any given day in July, Europe sees about 30,000 flights in its airspace, each of which needs to be routed to, from, and around other areas. To g...

How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

Travis Korte | Posted 05.25.2014 | Technology
Travis Korte

There are four important areas where data can be used to make air travel safer: preventing terrorism and crime, stopping mechanical failures, avoiding collisions and improving preparedness for weather-related hazards.

Flying Like the Rich and Famous: City-to-City On a Private Jet

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.04.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

I'll bet that flying -- to you -- means roughly what it does to me. Battling seat-pockets that eat knee-space. Emptying your inner life into plastic ...

Latest FAA Delay: A Typo

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

Legislation to avert furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration has been held up because of a typo in the bill, ABC News and CNN report. The ...

This FAA Sequester Vote Doesn't Smell Right

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Is this bipartisan support to mitigate one of the noxious effects of sequestration? Or is it papering over the high-visibility stuff that affects the affluent while lots of other budget bleeding goes on beneath the radar?

Sequestering the Sequester

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The Sequester: A Policy Triumph

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The sequester, of course, isn't ideal. There are almost certainly better ways to cut. Some cuts that haven't had any short-term consequences may do harm eventually. But, messy as it is, the sequester seems to be working.

Ryan Grim

Obama Hits Wealthy On The Runway | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the most part, the super wealthy are not directly affected by cuts to government services. Private security guards, private schools ...

Highways, Flyways and Personal Freedom

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Most Americans have long forgotten that the roads we all take for granted have a rich history that reverberates even today in the current budget debacle and fight over sequestration.

Sam Stein

Air Traffic Controller Furloughed Just One Week After Winning Safety Award | Sam Stein | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On March 6, Louella Hollingsworth was presented with the League Medal of Safety Award by the National Air Traffic Controllers Associatio...

Small US Airports Face Tower Closures

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2013 | Travel

By Anna Louie Sussman New York, March 18 (Reuters) - When landing a plane amid birds, bobcats or alligators, it helps to have an air t...

Sequester Cuts Could Mean Travel Delays

Posted 02.21.2013 | Travel

Budget cuts set to come into effect March 1 if Congress can't reach a deal might mean trouble for travelers. The $85 billion "sequestration" cuts woul...