The FAA & Creating a New Air Traffic Control System Recording
A new proposal under consideration would allow the FAA to issue bonds that it would pay back via user fees. This system would shift funding responsibilities from the major airlines to general aviation. Lobbying groups on all sides have already begun to dig in for the fight. The Global Knowledge Cong…
The FAA & Creating a New Air Traffic Control System
Thursday, August 31, 2006
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EST)
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The National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA)
Air Transport Association
George Mason University
The Reason Foundation
Air Traffic Control Association
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Ed Bolen became the president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, Inc.
(NBAA) in Washington, DC, on September 7, 2004.
Prior to joining NBAA, Bolen was president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) for eight years. Bolen joined GAMA in 1995 as senior vice president and
general counsel. GAMA’s board of directors elected him president and CEO in November 1996.
Bolen was nominated by President Bush to serve as a member of the Commission on the Future of
the U.S. Aerospace Industry. Established by Congress, the commission’s objectives were to study
and make recommendations on ways to ensure American leadership in aerospace in the 21st
century. The final report was released in November 2002.
Bolen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a
member of the Management Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). He chaired the council from 2000 to 2004.
Bolen is a member of the aviation advisory board of the Mitre Corporation and the policy board of
RTCA, Inc. He is on the aeronautics and space engineering board of The National Academies
and serves as a board member of the National Aeronautic Association and the Aero Club of
John Heimlich was named chief economist in October 2003 and appointed vice president in December 2004. Previously, he served as the association's director of economic and market research. He is currently a
member of the National Association for Business Economics and the Air Transportation Research International Forum.
Prior to joining ATA in 2001, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines, where he worked in the
financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs departments. He worked
as a consultant on environmental programs for American Management Systems in Washington, D.C.,
from 1991 to 1994.
A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University and a
master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. George L. Donohue is currently a Professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering (since February, 2000), a Senior Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University. He is also a Co-director of the FAA National Center of Excellence for Operations Research (NEXTOR). He was formerly Associate Administrator of Research and Acquisition in the Federal Aviation Administration and has broad experience in managing major research and technology projects in both the public and private sector. Before joining the FAA, Donohue served as Vice President of the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica, California, and was previously Director of the Office of Aerospace and Strategic Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has held technical and technical management positions at Dynamics Technology, Inc., the US Navy and NASA. Dr. Donohue has received numerous awards such as the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1977 and the Air Traffic Control Association Clifford Burton Memorial Award in 1998. He has published over 50 reports and articles and is the editor of the principle reference book on Air Transportation Systems Engineering. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1992, was named one of Federal Computer Week’s top 100 Executives in 1997 and was also named one of the top 100 decision makers in Washington D. C. by the National Journal in 1997. Donohue was chosen to head the United States Delegation to the ICAO Conference on ATM Modernization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma Sate University and a BSME degree from the University of Houston. Dr. Donohue also holds a single-engine private pilot’s certificate.
Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Studies at the Reason Foundation, a public policy think tank based in Los Angeles. He is nationally known as an expert on privatization and transportation policy.
Poole was among the first to propose the commercialization of the U.S. air traffic control system, and his work in this field has helped shape proposals for a U.S. ATC corporation. A version of his corporation concept was implemented in Canada in 1996. He has advised the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the White House Office of Policy Development, the National Performance Review, the National Economic Council, and the National Civil Aviation Review Commission on ATC commercialization. He was a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team on transportation. He is a member of the Critical Infrastructure Council of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and of the Air Traffic Control Association. He is also a member of the GAO’s National Aviation Studies Advisory Panel.
Poole’s Reason Foundation studies launched a national debate on airport privatization in the United States. He advised both the FAA and local officials during the 1989-90 controversy over the proposed privatization of Albany (NY) Airport. His seven years of policy research on this issue helped inspire both the privatization of Indianapolis airport management under Mayor Steve Goldsmith and Congress’s 1996 enactment of the current Airport Privatization Pilot Program.
Poole has testified on both airports and air traffic control on a number of occasions before House and Senate aviation subcommittees, and he has spoken on these subjects before numerous conferences over the past decade. He has also done consulting work on several airport privatization feasibility studies.
He is the author of dozens of policy studies and journal articles on transportation issues. His popular writings have appeared in national newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; he has also been a guest on such network TV programs as “Crossfire,” “Good Morning America,” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” as well as ABC and NBC News. He writes a monthly column on transportation policy issues for Public Works Financing.
Poole received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and did graduate work in operations research at NYU.
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A new proposal under consideration would allow the FAA to issue bonds that it would pay back via user fees. This system would shift funding responsibilities from the major airlines to general aviation. Lobbying groups on all sides have already begun to dig in for the fight. The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts, to help analyze these changes and their impact on the companies servicing this industry. These experts will present their findings, which includes a “best practice” panel, at a comprehensive two-hour teleconference scheduled for August 31, 2006.