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VISION SERIES: George Donohoe on Air Transportation, Jan. 29

January 25, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES
THE VISION SERIES—
AIR TRANSPORTATION:
A TALE OF PRISONERS, SHEEP AND AUTOCRATS
BY GEORGE DONOHUE, PROFESSOR/DIRECTOR,
AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEMS RESEARCH CENTER
MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2007 AT 8 PM

Fairfax, Virginia, December 19, 2006—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 Chapter 11. George Donohue, Professor/Director of the Air Transport Research Systems Research Center talks about these and more issues relevant to today’s air transportation systems in his upcoming Vision Series lecture, Air Transportation: a Tale of Prisoners, Sheep and Autocrats, on January 29, 2007 at 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
Mr. Donohue explains why current governmental policies are creating problems like the FAA’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, and the effect the retirement of nearly 70% of the U.S.’s current air traffic controllers within the next 10 years will have on the public, and much more. Donohue lays out the chronology of these crises in transportation and offers solutions for the public based on his research.
The Vision Series offers the community a chance to share the frontiers of research and creativity with practitioners from across a wide spectrum of work. Each lecture is free and open to the public, held in the Concert Hall of Mason’s Center for the Arts, and is followed by a reception with the speaker.

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All Vision lectures are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and take place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/vision to reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.