The ninth Annual NBAA Flight Attendant Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in mid-June broke no records for attendance. The number of attendees totaled 160–37 fewer than last year. But according to some of those present, the event this year was better organized and its content more professional.
September 11 attacks
In a statement issued July 17, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for tighter controls of New York City airspace that would sharply restrict flights below 2,000 feet.
The House Committee on Appropriation has approved legislation that in part supports reimbursing general aviation businesses at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and several surrounding general aviation airports for economic losses incurred as a result of security restrictions imposed after the 9/11 terror
The FAA has expanded its Airspace Flow Program, which gives airlines the option during the peak summer season to accept delays for flights scheduled to fly through storms or to fly longer routes to maneuver around them.
On May 9, procedures and an application process will be in effect for reimbursing FBOs and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area “for the direct and incremental financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed” after 9/11.
FAA actions on 9/11 “demonstrated the urgency and initiative of many employees who were acting under intense pressure,” the agency said in a response to the findings last month of the 9/11 commission. But, the commission noted, the FAA faced a situation it had “never encountered or trained against” and no one involved had “perfect information” that morning.
Hoping to stave off aviation gridlock this summer, the FAA last month summoned 60 participants from major and regional airlines, pilot and employee representatives, industry associations and other organizations to develop a strategy to reduce system delays.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is taking over security checks of passengers and baggage at New York City heliports, following warnings that Al-Qaeda has considered using tourist helicopters as weapons.
Fear mongering has been a growth industry in the U.S. since 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. Sometimes our discomfort is an unspoken undercurrent; other times there is no subtlety as the forces of opportunism seek to gorge at a trough flash-flooded with public money.
“The job of a controller is no longer just separating airplanes,” National Air Traffic Controllers Association president John Carr told attendees at a symposium on “Post 9/11 Security Impacts on Air Traffic Control and Aviation” in Washington, D.C., in late January. “They have to be aware of possibilities that we did not even contemplate on the morning of September 10.”