We need to acknowledge that in our zeal for modernization of our airspace system and better safety and efficiency, we forgot an important element—the impact of noise on the citizens whose airspace we use.
Trust is truth over time that builds a foundation of honesty within an organization. It is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do and becomes magic when it happens. Teams with trust become a powerful source of pride and capabilities – and the envy of others who may still be seeking that kind of relationship.
A good safety culture depends on truth and trust among all the people in an organization, knowing they can share knowledge about mistakes and changing risk without being blamed for something they probably had no control over.
Aviation is not simple. It’s a complicated matrix of multiple people, organizations, systems, and cultures that come together to make the worldwide aviation system a marvel of human achievement. Ironically, while we can adapt quickly to solve an immediate problem, we are not receptive to change.
We need to consider some very non-standard, counter-intuitive, out-of-the-box ideas to tackle the New York Metropolitan Area in general, and LGA Airport in particular. This is truly a complex matrix of factors comprised of aviation’s physical limits, combined with unrealistic demands from New York City’s geography and demographics, and perhaps a touch of stubbornness.