Monday, January 28, 2008

FAA History Lesson -- Jan 28



From the FAA Historical Chronology, 1926-1996...

”Jan 28, 1987: Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Hanford Dole announced a three-part effort to help reduce airline delays. The initiative included: a proposal to grant immunity to the airlines to permit them to conduct joint discussion aimed at adjusting schedules; an investigation to determine if and how airline scheduling processes contributed to delays; and a series of FAA actions to increase system capacity and efficiency. Those FAA steps included the use of computer traffic models to help airlines adjust schedules, a realignment of the air traffic control sectors in the New York/Boston corridor, a review of air traffic procedures on a facility-by-facility basis, and the transfer of additional controllers to the busiest facilities. “

And the band played on.

Do you see why people say history repeats itself ? Computer models, readjust schedules, redesign airspace, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

I don’t suspect the FAA will be transferring any controllers to busier facilities -- in that they are quickly running out of controllers to transfer anywhere.

Don Brown
January 28, 2008

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