Dallas – Fort Worth, TX – OEP:KDFW

8-15-2015 KDFW DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (17,207 acres) Dallas – Fort Worth, TX Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KDAL] 10 E ; [KADS] 11 NE ; [KGPM] 12 S ; [KGKY] 14 S ;(ave. distance: 12 nm) Total Based Aircraft:0 Operations … Continue reading

FEB 25-27: Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium, at Long Beach, CA

Every year, industry representatives (including FAA and the lobbyists, of course!) meet at around this time, for the ‘Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium’. The event is traditionally held in the Palm Springs area, but is at Long Beach this year. … Continue reading

Hubbing Strategies Increase Impacts, But Do Not Create Sustainable Airline Profits

Airline stocks have been tanking lately, in no small part due to strategy shifts by United. In a nutshell, United is trying to design a broad restructuring of its three domestic-focused hubs in Chicago, Denver and Houston. Why? Because this … Continue reading

1990 vs 2005 vs 2016 Operations: Exposing FAA’s Inaccurate Forecasts

While doing some online research and archiving of older FAA documents, I ran into a copy of FAA’s 1993 Aviation System Capacity Plan. (click here for an archived copy of the 389-page document). Within this document, Table A-3 offered a … Continue reading

The Third Head of the NextGen Hydra: How FAA is Jamming Arrivals Closer Together

Three months ago, the ‘Dissecting NextGen’ presentation was made in Des Moines, to help people better understand the impacts of NextGen around Sea-Tac International Airport [KSEA]. Included within that presentation was discussion of ‘Hub Concentration’ and ‘Route Concentration’, as two … Continue reading

ANALYSIS: American Eagle ends up ‘Stuck in the Mud’ in Columbia, MO

The images indicate a simple pilot error, not unlike what can happen to us with our cars, if we misjudge our turn and sideswipe a curb or another vehicle while parking. METAR shows winds were from the SSW at 10mph, so ATC would have … Continue reading

+aiR+ News & Links 2014

24-Nov U.S. domestic airline fuel efficiency ranking, 2013 (Michelle Durand, San Mateo Daily Journal) – ENV- 24-Nov FAA signs off on solar project at Malone airport (EJ Conzola II, watertowndailytimes.com) KART – ENV- 23-Nov Man arrested after sneaking onto tarmac … Continue reading

Lies, Damned Lies, & FAA Overselling of NextGen: Houston Metroplex

It’s not a secret among pilots, mechanics and most FAA employees: when an FAA official says ‘A’, you will do well to think ‘B’. Not just when FAA dodges revealing details of the latest birdstrike or controller error, or when … Continue reading