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Robert W. Poole, Jr. is the founder of the Reason Foundation, a free market think tank that conducts public policy research. He has been a long time advocate of air traffic control system reform.

We talk to Bob about the recent World ATM Congress in Madrid and the ATC Global 2013 conference in Amsterdam where his presentation Why Not Call it “Privitization”? being delivered by Graham Lake. Bob reflects on how Nav Canada, the Canadian civil air navagation services provider, represents a good model for others, the challenges faced in the U.S. and how the budget situation affects aviation. Who is going to take action? The Government? Industry?

The Reason Foundation offers two newsletters, the Airport Policy and Aviation Security Newsletter and the Air Traffic Control Reform Newsletter, which are available at no charge upon request. Also, be sure to visit reason.tv for a variety of topical videos.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk:

Find more from Grant and Steve at the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu. Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124. Australia Desk archives can be found at www.australiadesk.net.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

In the last of our mini series episodes from Southampton Airport we look at how social media is being used to coordinate all of the airports activities and programmes when we talk to Marketing Manager Vicky Parkes.
We are also delighted to see the recent news that Southampton Airport, branded as ‘The airport you can Breeze Through’ has smashed its targets for getting passengers through security with passengers waiting less than 5 minutes 98.2% of the time, and less than 10 minutes 99% of the time in 2012.
We would like to thank Lucy Calvert for all of her support in producing this mini series.

Useful Southampton links:

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

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Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.

4 Responses to “Episode 239 – Bob Poole on Air Traffic Control”

  1. Another great episode, Geeks. However, I do miss David Vanderhoof, Chief Airplane Geek Historian. Loved the First Airplane Experience segments and the boys Down Under.

    March 18th, 2013 | 8:35 am
  2. Great episode as usual chaps. Is there any way to donate to the site? I’ve been enjoying the podcast for months!

    March 19th, 2013 | 8:16 am
  3. Haha @Jamie I totally agree. I LOVED the first Airplane Experience segments myself and I do miss David too. @Airplane Geeks I watch and follow http://reason.com/reasontv

    Great post Geeks!

    March 19th, 2013 | 10:18 am
  4. Great episode. Always enjoy these podcasts :-)

    March 21st, 2013 | 6:49 am
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