Washington, DC (Dulles) – OEP:KIAD

8-15-2015 KIAD WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (13,000 acres) Herndon, VA Four Nearby Instrument Airports: [KVKX] 7 SE ; [W32] 8 SE ; [KADW] 8 E ; [KCGS] 9 NE ;(ave. distance: 8 nm) Total Based Aircraft:54 (3 single-props, 2 multi-props) … 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

NextGen: “A Virtual Highway, and the Traffic Never Stops”

A good opinion piece related to NextGen impacts (and ongoing FAA failures) near the Baltimore-Washington Airport [KBWI]. This airport serves as the hub for Southwest, in the DC area (NOTE: the two other major airports serving the DC area are … Continue reading

KDCA NextGen Impacts May Trigger Yet One More Legal Action Against FAA

FAA is presently being sued by groups across the nation, due to their botched NextGen implementation. It looks like another lawsuit may be initiated, seeking relief for residents in Bethesda, MD. See the Bethesda Magazine article (archived copy below, in … Continue reading

United Airlines at Dulles: Yet Another Example of Corporate Welfare?

The airlines offer an extraordinary example of how the playing field has become increasingly tipped, to favor money, corporations, and the politically connected. In this example, the Washington, DC area is served by three commercial airports: Baltimore-Washington [KBWI], Dulles [KIAD], … Continue reading

REFERENCE: NATCA’s National Executive Board

The NATCA Executive Board (NEB) has twelve members, including the President, the Executive Vice President, and the ten Regional Vice Presidents. To read NATCA’s 8-page bio on Mr. Rinaldi, click here. To read NATCA’s 8-page bio on Ms. Gilbert, click … Continue reading

Airport Weather Observations (METARs) for Winter Storm Jonas

A storm for the record books, Jonas is also understood to be an indication of storms to come. And, it is not a stretch to understand the cause and effect – the link between these extreme weather events and our … Continue reading