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NextGen System Just A Slogan?

by John M. White |

At a meeting at the AOPA Expo in California yesterday the president of the Cargo Airlines Association told attendees that he doesn't think that anyone in Washington, DC gives a hoot about aviation.  He said that the so called NextGen system "is more of a slogan than anything else." 

Given the state of the economy aviation is not on the horizon as a priority to the government, and if you have ever dealt with a bureaucracy then you know everything moves like a snail through jello.  Despite the ability of aviation and it's pioneers to come up with new innovations getting them into the national air transportation system is extremely slow and difficult.

One the economic crisis eases perhaps Washington will take some interest in aviation, and under the Obama administration you can bet they will focus on environmental issues like lead in 100 octane low lead fuel for aircraft.  Another issue that needs addressing is the relationship between the administration and the Air Traffic Controllers Association.

In airline news more airlines are moving towards leasing aircraft while aircraft manufacturers like Airbus expect a decline in orders next year.  Meanwhile all of the money we are sending to China is enabling them to start developing larger commercial aircraft with the next step being the popular 150 seat models.  All in all not the best news for aviation in the United States.

Stay tuned - it is sure to get interesting!

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Because I fly
I laugh more than other men
I look up an see more than they,
I know how the clouds feel,
What it's like to have the blue in my lap,
to look down on birds,
to feel freedom in a thing called the stick...

who but I can slice between God's billowed legs,
and feel then laugh and crash with His step
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow's secret?
The real reason birds sing?
Because I Fly,
I envy no man on earth.

-Grover C. Norwood

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