Among the various segments of society affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year and a half, few were hit as hard as the aviation industry. At its worst point, in March 2020, passenger volumes for U.S. airlines had dropped more than 95 percent. Airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, and other components of the air travel system faced an unprecedented challenge, with threats to the health of passengers and crews combined with threats to the financial health of the entire system.
To address the many COVID-related issues facing the aviation industry, on June 28-30, 2021, the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a three-day workshop, Aviation After a Year of Pandemic - Economics, People, and Technology. Funded by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration and held remotely via Zoom, the workshop focused on four specific areas regarding the effects of COVID on the aviation industry: economics, personnel, technology, and next steps. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Aviation After a Year of Pandemic: Economics, People, and Technology: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26375.
|2 Overview: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic||3-12|
|3 Policy and Procedures||13-22|
|4 Aircraft Design and Flight Operations, Personnel, and Performance||23-30|
|5 Operations and Performance: Airports, Ground Transportation, and Air Traffic Management||31-38|
|6 Aviation Economics||39-48|
|7 Critically Needed Capabilities, Research, and Next Steps||49-54|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||57-57|
|Appendix B: Workshop Agenda||58-61|
|Appendix C: Acronyms||62-63|
|Appendix D: Planning Committee and Staff Biographical Information||64-66|
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