Donohue and Shaver have taken an enormously arcane and complex set of issues and players and laid them all out very clearly and directly .... It s among the best and most thoughtful pieces written on the subject ... it s a very, very good--and mostly evenhanded--distillation of the background and causes of the current quagmire that will only worsen as time is allowed to pass with no real fixes in sight. --David V. Plavin, former Director of Airports Council International¬North America and former Director of the Port Authority of New York New and Jersey
This is a very disturbing book--and it was intended to be. For the crisis in U.S. aviation is far more serious than most people imagine. Donohue and Shaver have given us the best prescription I ve seen for fixing it. --Robert W. Poole, Jr., Director of Transportation Studies, Reason Foundation
The air transportation system is fixable but the patient needs urgent and holistic care NOW. Donohue and Shaver are the doctors, and the doctors are in! They have the knowledge and capability to work through this problem to success if we as a community want to fix the system. --Paul Fiduccia, President of the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association
About the Author
Dr. George L. Donohue is currently a Professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He is also a Co-director of the FAA National Center of Excellence for Operations Research (NEXTOR). Donohue was formerly the Associate Administrator for Research and Acquisitions in the Federal Aviation Administration (1994-98) and has broad experience in managing major research and technology programs in both the public and private sector. Before joining the FAA, Donohue served as Vice President of the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica, California, and was previously Director of the Office of Aerospace and Strategic Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has also held technical and technical management positions at Dynamics Technology, Inc., the US Navy and NASA. Dr. Donohue has received numerous awards, such as the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1977 and the Air Traffic Control Association Clifford Burton Memorial Award in 1998. He has published over 60 reports and articles and is the principal editor of Air Transportation Systems Engineering,
the only reference book on the subject. He has been listed in Who s Who in America since 1992, was named one of Federal Computer Week s top 100 Executives in 1997 and was also named one of the top 100 decision makers in Washington D. C. by the National Journal in 1997. Donohue was chosen to head the United States Delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Air Traffic Management Modernization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1998. He was also a Director of RTCA and was nominated by President Clinton to become the FAA Deputy Administrator after demonstrating substantial success in replacing the old FAA technology acquisition process and in pioneering personnel reforms at the FAA. He replaced 30 year old air traffic control computers and radar systems and initiated the new aircraft surveillance system pilot program in Alaska. This Alaska demonstration program, now called the Capstone Program, has achieved significant success in demonstrating how the new ADS-B technology can be used to safely separate aircraft with much lower air traffic controller workload. He was awarded the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the art and science of Air Traffic Control for this achievement in 2007. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a BSME degree from the University of Houston. Dr. Donohue is also a pilot, with a single-engine private pilot s certificate.
Dr. Russell Shaver is currently a visiting research fellow in the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University. He was formerly a senior research analyst at the RAND Corp. He has held numerous analysis and management positions at RAND for over 35 years. From 1994 to 2000 he was the chief scientist for policy analysis at the MITRE Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) in McLean Virginia. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley.