Vision Series Presents George Donohue on Air Transportation

Posted: January 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Donohue
George Donohue

Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of long security lines at airports and delayed or canceled flights, and many of our oldest and best known airlines are either liquidated or in and out of bankruptcy.

George Donohue, professor and director of the Air Transport Research Systems Research Center at Mason, will talk about these and other issues relevant to today’s air transportation systems in his upcoming Vision Series lecture, “Air Transportation: A Tale of Prisoners, Sheep and Autocrats.”

The lecture will be given on Monday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Donohue will explain why current governmental policies are creating problems such as the Federal Aviation Administration’s projected $4 billion-plus budget shortfall between now and 2010, as well as the agency’s poor standing on the National Transportation Safety Board’s “delinquent” list of programs and procedures. He will also detail how the retirement of nearly 70 percent of the current air traffic controllers in the United States in the next 10 years will affect air transportation.

Donohue will lay out the chronology of these crises in transportation and offer solutions based on his research.

Mason’s Vision Series offers the community a glimpse of the frontiers of research and the creativity of practitioners from across a wide spectrum of scholarship. All lectures are free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with the speaker. Free tickets are available online, at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and on the evening of each lecture.

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