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Matthew Smith

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CAN: Airport Security (NOT immigration).
Airport planning and design. Airport development.
Airline pricing/yield/revenue management (NOT prices for individual tickets)
grant process
PLEASE STOP ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW LONG IT TAKES TO FLY FROM A TO B!!!
PLEASE STOP ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW MUCH PARTICULAR AIRLINES WILL CHARGE FOR YOUR BAGS!
That's why your airline has a website!

Experience in the area

Formerly Director of Operations at a small commercial airport.
Formerly worked for a state government issuing and managing airport development grants.
Formerly worked for TSA. (Not as bad as it appears to the average passenger.)
Formerly worked at an airport in planning and operations.
Also formerly worked as a Price Analyst for a wildly unpopular airline.
Currently teaching overseas until the job market improves.

Organizations

AAAE, AOPA, AzAA

Publications

Collegiate Aviation Review (2008)

Education/Credentials

B.A. English and Religious Studies, Hobart College M.S. Aviation Management Technology, Arizona State University --specialty is airport planning and design

What do you like about this subject?

Airports are their own mini-universe and total systems. To wrap one's mind around an airport and everything that it takes to develop one and make it operate smoothly is like doing puzzles all day.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to learn everything. If anyone ever tells you that he "knows everything" about aviation, then he is ignorant, stupid, or just plain dishonest. NO ONE knows everything about Aviation, and no one ever will. It's too vast and complex of a field.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Regulation. If there were ever an industry that needed a total overhaul it is Aviation. It is at once a total mess, but also totally fascinating.

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Recent Answers from Matthew Smith

2016-04-11 Are there air fights with airlines:

The only airline, as far as I know, that is allowed to enter North Korea is Air Koryo, the North Korean-owned airline.    Yes, all aircraft other than Air Koryo are subject to death for entering North

2016-04-10 Are there air fights with airlines:

No. The only way to go from South Korea to North Korea is to go to a third country, like China.    It is illegal for South Korean citizens to enter North Korea except through very specific programs, such

2016-03-03 air flight:

Generally, an airline will try to put you on the next available flight.  For example, if your airline has five flights a day, and they cancel flight number 2, they will try to put you on flight 3, if space

2013-06-04 pregnancy travel in airline:

Only your wife's obstetrician can allow her to fly. Usually an airline will not allow a woman to fly after a certain number of weeks. Seven months sounds ok, but why would you ask me, a total stranger

2013-05-17 Why do I have to re-check baggage?:

I've always had to recheck my baggage flying from Tokyo to a US hub before heading to my final US destination, but I've never heard of having to recheck luggage domestically on the way out of the country

 

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