AVIATION LEGISLATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE: POLICY IMPLICATIONS FOR THE 1980S

Airport and airway legislation together with technological advances facilitate developments in aviation. Currently aviation is repeating one of its several historical bifurcations as the transition is made from the 1970s to the 1980s. the recently passed airport and airway improvement legislation, for example, authorizes substantially increased expenditures from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through 1987, the main bulk of which is for modernization of air traffic control facilities and equipment. A collateral legislation, the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, in addition to rearranging the traffic patterns of the country, may stimulate the growth of the regionals (commuters) and air taxis, thus placing stringent requirements on existing terminal and airway capacity. Exacerbating the terminal capacity problem are certain implications of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979, which may result in reducing the time window for flight operations in major hubs, thus further decreasing airport capacity. Fortunately FAA's recent National Airspace System (NAS) plan, together with expanded funding authorized by the Airport and Airway Act of 1982, will address much of the capacity, safety, and productivity issues in the long run--particularly with respect to the enroute environment. In the meantime, however, traffic growth will place serious limitations on terminal capacity--both air and ground operations, with the latter being more intractable. A feasible way to provide both capacity and level of safety in the short run is to redistribute the traffic (particularly connecting traffic) from bottlenecks to the less congested parts of the system; this is clearly allowed by the deregulation act.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 41-50
  • Monograph Title: Issues in air transport
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391042
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309037042
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1984 12:00AM