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Airline Lobby Group Says GA traffic Is The Main Cause Of Airline Delays

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Old July 7th 07, 01:19 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Larry Dighera
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Default Airline Lobby Group Says GA traffic Is The Main Cause Of Airline Delays

Just in case you were wondering who GA's main enemy is:

The Air Transport Association (ATA), the airline lobby group that is
currently pushing for aviation user fees, has taken another shot
across general aviation's bow. On Monday, it asked the FAA
Since corporate jet flights now represent roughly 30 percent of
all New York Terminal Radar Approach Control activity, ATA has
asked the FAA to impose restrictions on operators that today may
be unaffected by ground delay programs.

to "temporarily create additional airspace capacity by imposing
proportional level ground delay programs" at Teterboro Airport (N.J.)
and other "nearby airports" in other words, fields that predominantly
serve general aviation, a list that includes Westchester County (N.Y.)
and Essex (Caldwell) County (N.J.) Airports -- when ground delay
programs are implemented at airline-dominated Newark Liberty
International, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports.
National Business Aviation Association Senior Vice President of
Operations Steve Brown told AVweb that the ATA's move "is an attempt
to politicize its own perspective" that GA traffic is the main cause
of airline delays. In reality, he said, GA accounts for only 4 percent
of operations at the nation's 10-busiest airports, with most airline
delays caused by the hub-and-spoke system itself, weather, and crew or
ATC staffing.

The Solution Technology and Fair Funding Will Prevent Gridlock
A satellite-based air traffic control system will provide the means to
reduce delays and congestion that otherwise will occur.


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