FAA History Lesson -- September 12

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

” Sep 12, 1984: Airline representatives reached agreement on rescheduling flights to avoid congestion during peak hours at six major airports: New York's La Guardia and Kennedy; Newark International; Chicago O'Hare; Atlanta Hartsfield; and Denver Stapleton. The representatives forged the agreement in eight days of intense negotiations with FAA participation and with the understanding that FAA might impose new regulations if no voluntary solution was found. The Civil Aeronautics Board granted immunity from anti-trust laws to those engaged in the talks, and later approved the agreement. Writing to the Air Transport Association on Mar 12, 1985, FAA Administrator Engen cited steps taken to reduce delays and indications that the airlines would not return to excess peak-time operations. Engen therefore stated that the scheduling agreement need not continue beyond Apr 1.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Thanks to Barry (C90) and Mark (ZKC) for their help in picking out today’s lesson. “Reporting live from the Communicating for Safety conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this is....”

Don Brown
September 12, 2007


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