The Tyranny of Expertise in the Ashcloud Crisis

Crisis management is, by definition, exceedingly difficult. The continuing aviation crisis in Europe caused by the volcanic ash-cloud from Iceland is no exception. Initial assertions made by airlines following uneventful weekend test flights that the blanket restrictions on air travel were draconian have been followed by less self-interested questions about the basis in science for… Continue reading

Who Has the Power to Say: You Can Fly Again?

The question of standards for returning to safe flying, and ultimately which authority governs those standards, is being voiced in travel and business forums. from Conde Nast Travelerhttp://clivealive.truth.travel/2010/04/who-has-the-power-to-say-you-can-fly-again.html The New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/world/europe/20ash.html?ref=global-home Telegraph (UK)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/7607216/Iceland-volcano-air-restrictions-are-excessive-says-European-Commission.html A knotty set of issues, to be sure, but also one about leadership and the political will to recognize how twenty-first… Continue reading