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Premium #238 – How Will Aviation Keep Up with Technological Change?

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Premium #238 – How Will Aviation Keep Up with Technological Change?






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Hong Kong’s New Air Traffic Control System

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The Hong Kong government announced that the new system of air traffic control will not operate until it is shown that it is safe and reliable. At the center of the dispute, the existing radar system would have to be withdrawn in December 2012 due to “lack of capacity and limited functionality”, but air traffic…

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US gets a new gateway

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US gets a new gateway






In unusual news, the airline based in the Cape Verde Islands (TACV) started year round service to the United States and uses Providence, RI as its gateway. The 757 used by the airline can reach gateways with far better market potential. Take a look at the chart for a 4,000NM range from RAI, the airport…

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Chicago’s air traffic recovery still struggling

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Chicago’s air traffic recovery still struggling






This morning the FAA reported that it had “restored full air-traffic operations at the high-altitude facility in suburban Aurora, Ill.”  See here for more details on what was done. Well can we see this in the data?  Not yet is the short answer.  Though cancellation rates at ORD and MDW have returned to normal (yesterday,…

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Do Airlines Actually Read Weather Forecasts?

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I had the unfortunate experience today of having a flight canceled due to weather.  It happens, as its winter and I live in the north.  But the impending cancellation was quite clear to anyone who watched a weather forecast that projected 8-12 inches of snow, high winds and low visibility that would be peaking at…

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Taxing times

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Taxing times






Air travel is becoming more stressful in the US – fuller flights than ever and airline consolidation virtually assures things are not going to get better for travelers. Indeed the economic laws of oligopoly teaches us that non price competition is where we are headed.  Typically, in a highly competitive environment, low costs are the…

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