The Case for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

In a guest editorial in the March issue of AOPA Pilot, the monthly publication of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) laid out his case for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). Rep. Shuster, the Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and one of the main [...]

Trump Favors Privatizing U.S. Air Traffic Control

President Donald Trump, in budget documents released on March 16, indicated that he supports privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). ATC is currently managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and he proposes to shift that responsibility to an independent group governed by a 13-person board of directors comprised of stakeholders representing all [...]

Santa Monica – Done Deal. Or Is It?

As we told you last time (Feb 8), the FAA and the City of Santa Monica announced on January 28 they had reached a compromise agreement on what is to happen with Santa Monica Airport (KSMO). As approved in U.S. District Court on February 3, the deal elicited widespread criticism from both pro- and anti-airport [...]

FAA Caves in to Santa Monica

In what can only be described as a stunning reversal of their position, and a seeming betrayal of airport operators and proponents, the Federal Aviation Administration last week reached an agreement with Santa Monica allowing the city to close the airport on December 31, 2028. In addition, the runway will be reduced to 3,500 feet [...]

Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are exactly what they sound like – collaborative agreements between public entities and private companies. The joint objective of a P3 is to distribute the cost of a project among numerous stakeholders who all stand to reap the eventual benefits of the project. We previously discussed P3s in the context of their [...]

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

  In  May 2014 we first reported on the critical financial situation challenging the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and its potential implications for Braden Airpark. At that time, the Authority was facing the final $7 million payment on a $26 million debt stemming from a 1990s court judgement for the improper eminent domain annexation of a [...]

Sustainability in Aviation, Part II

In this installment we’ll look at the practices that comprise sustainable operations, whether in aviation or other sectors. The mechanism of determining the practices that constitute sustainability, assessing ratings, and issuing recognition of sustainability in all types of building projects is through the auspices of the LEED program, which is the Leadership in Energy and [...]

Sustainability In Aviation, Part I

Sustainability In Aviation, Part I

  Sustainability has become a popular topic of discussion in many circles, including aviation. Here we begin a series of installments to describe what sustainability means, what it entails, how it is evaluated, and its influence in aviation. This author’s interest in the idea of sustainability grew out of research into airport management strategies and [...]

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

On the docket: Santa Monica Airport (SMO)

Previously in these pages, we’ve related much of the history surrounding the airport that began life around 1917 as a simple grass runway. Renamed Clover Field by the U.S. Army in 1922, its struggle with the residents of Santa Monica has been nearly continuous ever since. The protracted legal battle continues to play out, with [...]