In this issue:
FAA’s NOTAMs debacle
Why doesn’t FAA’s new control tower plan include remote towers?
Fixing the Air Traffic Organization’s culture
Defending and building upon airline deregulation
Should the government mandate larger airliner seats?
FAA’s NOTAMs Debacle
On Jan. 11, I was one of the hundreds of thousands of air travelers affected by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) nearly two-hour ground stop, which led to more than 11,000 flights being cancelled or delayed. The cause was a failure in FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system. The direct cause was the insertion of corrupt data during an update of the system the previous day.