Friday, November 3, 2006
Prof. Alfred Kahn Oral History Project Interview
On October 27, staff from the International Aviation Law Institute traveled to Ithaca, New York to interview Prof. Alfred Kahn. He was the second public interviewee in the Institute’s airline industry oral history project "Conversations With Aviation Leaders." Kahn, currently the Robert Julius Thorne Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at Cornell University, is considered to be the "father" of airline deregulation and presided over the beginning of its implementation as Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1977-1978. As our "Barbara Walters" for this project, Dr. Dorothy Robyn (from the Brattle Group in Washington D.C.) moderated a rollicking discussion about Prof. Kahn’s role in the events, law and public policy issues surrounding the emergence of U.S. airline deregulation in the 1970s. Even at 89, Prof. Kahn’s insights threatened to exceed the capacity of our videotaping equipment! We will have a full webcast of the interview posted on the Institute’s website in the next few weeks and will include the link to the webcast in an upcoming blog posting.
1) Ryanair Takeover Bid For Aer Lingus
According to a Reuters article by Jodie Ginsberg: "Ireland's Aer Lingus issued a detailed and forthright rejection of a takeover bid by low-cost rival Ryanair on Friday and urged its shareholders to snub an offer valuing it at 1.48 billion euros (990 million pounds)."
2) UK CAA Paper on Airline Ownership and Control
On October 26, the UK CAA published a discussion paper examining the rules governing the ownership and control of airlines.
3) Airline Business Article on GATS
Chris Lyle has an insightful article in the October issue of Airline Business where he argues that working through the GATS may be the only way to achieve a global regulatory framework for air transport.
4) What Pilots Can Teach Hospitals About Patient Safety
This interesting article from Kate Murphy of the New York Times notes that hospitals that adopt cockpit resource management techniques from aviation have fewer malpractice suits. Additional benefits are a lower rate of post-surgical infections, quicker patient recovery times and increased employee satisfaction.