Joan Van Tassel

is creating "Not for You: America's New Multi-Billion Dollar Aviation System




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About Joan Van Tassel

Right now, I am pulling together material to document a piece called "Not for You:  America's New Multi-billion Dollar Aviation System." It will show how the federal government, at the behest of its true constituency, has spent billions building an aviation system used only by corporations and wealthy elites. This little-known (and even less regulated) system of regional private jetports costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year and rains down tons of fine particulates on unsuspecting populations. 
Some of the flights from international airports are dangerous: Passengers don't go through security, international flights land without proper passport, customs, or border checks.  

Please help me defray some of the expenses of this long-range project. I estimate it will take me until the late fall of 2016 to complete the records search, data analysis, interviews, and videos. I will need to pay for travel, data sets (FlightAware) and data visualizations, and some Web design services to lay it out professionally.
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I want to support efforts to make the FAA accountable to the localities and communities where they approve airports. Right now, the FAA website notes that its mission is to promote aviation. In the past, that statement included "aviation-related industries," but the agency removed that part of their mission two years ago. The agency has been "captured" by corporate businesses, particularly the $57 billion private jet industry -- although there are many other corporate owners.

The agency makes it clear that its mandate does not extend to the communities where the FAA controls airports, in-air airspace procedures (including pollution control, noise abatement, flight paths and patterns, IFR and VFR pilot procedures, and the host of other community concerns about the airports in their midst.
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