Fixing airport security

Lynne Kiesling Having just returned from a 1.5-week, three-conference trip, I am having my now-usual visceral reaction to the thought of another airport experience — nausea, which I hope diminishes by the time of my next trip in early August. Thus I’m in violent (irony intended) agreement with a post on Bruce Schneier’s blog today … More Fixing airport security

Geek tourism for electric power economists

Michael Giberson Last week I attended the Gulf Coast Power Association‘s spring conference. Very good time. More comments later this week after I have time to catch up. Just a note today on the pre-conference power plant tour featuring the Tenaska Frontier Generating Plant in Shiro, Texas (about 50 north of Houston). The 830-MW combined-cycle … More Geek tourism for electric power economists

Airport kabuki: Bruce Schneier on “security theater”

Lynne Kiesling Bruce Schneier is one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable security experts in the world, and he’s been constructively critical of the TSA’s airport policies and procedures for quite some time (so have I, but I have nothing like his expertise or his street cred). You may have seen Jeffrey Goldberg’s November 2008 Atlantic … More Airport kabuki: Bruce Schneier on “security theater”

Aviation biofuels tested

Michael Giberson The Houston Chronicle, among others, report on a Continental Airlines test flight relying in part on biofuels. On Wednesday, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 became the first U.S. commercial jet to fly on a mix of conventional jet fuel and biofuels…. “The airplane performed perfectly,” test pilot Rich Jankowski said. “There were no … More Aviation biofuels tested

Happy 4th, and the end of our Lewis & Clark bike odyssey

Lynne Kiesling Hi all! I write from St. Charles, Missouri, which was the starting point of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery expedition in 1804 and is the terminus of our 2008 Corps of Discovery bike odyssey. We drive to Chicago tomorrow. We are a bit behind in updating the L&C Bike Tour blog, … More Happy 4th, and the end of our Lewis & Clark bike odysseyMore Happy 4th, and the end of our Lewis & Clark bike odyssey

KP vacation: biking the Lewis & Clark Trail

Lynne Kiesling I’m outta here for a couple of weeks of bicycling! Sunday night we will arrive in Pierre, South Dakota, from whence we bike east along the Missouri River to St. Charles, Missouri. We are biking the first one-third of the Lewis & Clark Trail in reverse, accompanied by their journals and other history-relevant … More KP vacation: biking the Lewis & Clark TrailMore KP vacation: biking the Lewis & Clark Trail

Yes, this is real congestion pricing for airports*

Michael Giberson *Well, almost real congestion pricing. It may not be the real thing, but it is a reasonable facsimile and a step in the right direction. It is not quite the real thing, because, as I observed last time, the FAA “will not allow airport authorities to charge prices sufficient to balance demand with … More Yes, this is real congestion pricing for airports*More Yes, this is real congestion pricing for airports*

Congestion fees coming to airports?

Michael Giberson The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to change its policy toward landing fees to “provide greater flexibility to operators of congested airports to use landing fees to provide incentives to air carriers to use the airport at less congested times or to use alternate airports to meet regional air service needs.” As explained … More Congestion fees coming to airports?More Congestion fees coming to airports?