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Double Decker Commercial Aircraft Design.12/15/2016David A. NewMyer
  Q: Is it feasible and useful to design and construct a Double Decker Commercial Aircraft model? Thanks ...
  A: Prashant: Nice to hear from you again. There has been a double-decker commercial airline aircraft ...
Light Aircraft Safety9/24/2016J. Zumwalt
  Q: Can technology prevent light air plane crashes, or help reduce them? Pilots should not die from ...
  A: Airliners use a prioritized message system. For example, if the airplane is on fire, that is given a ...
Destruction of Shutte-Lanz SL119/20/2016Mark Smith
  Q: Mark - I am having no luck tracking down the origin (presumably some newspaper) of the extolling of ...
  A: I've not heard of that expression before, although it does sound like just the thing a patriotic ...
International airport design.8/15/2016David A. NewMyer
  Q: what are the different factors/parameters contributing to number of terminals required in a ...
  A: Prashant: My view of airport terminal design, especially international airport terminal design, has ...
Potential Energy8/1/2016Cal Taylor
  Q: I can't scientifically pin down the meaning of potential energy(which is, of course, defined as the ...
  A: This isn't "scientific," just a field answer. If you pick up a brick from the floor and place it on ...
Helicopter Headlights.7/28/2016David A. NewMyer
  Q: Do Helicopter have Headlights? Front, Back, Top,Bottom? If yes, where are they fixed? Thanks ...
  A: Prashant: Helicopters have at least four kinds of lights: 1. Basic Navigation lights---the red ...
space-x booster rocket recovery6/27/2016J. Zumwalt
  Q: My heart sinks every time I watch a falcon -9 attempt to land on barg at sea and it tips over and ...
  A: While it would be possible, the same money and effort would just as well be spent perfecting the ...
Aeroplane Tiles Design.5/8/2016Laura Laster
  Q: Is it feasible and safe to install and fix ceramic tiles in commercial aircraft?. Thanks Prashant
  A: I would say that ceramic tiles would be somewhat heavy, and probably not practical for use in ...
International commercial Airlines supporting Pets Travel.4/28/2016Laura Laster
  Q: Do International commercial Airlines allow Pets Travel with the owner in the Airplane?. Thanks ...
  A: This depends on the individual airline. For example, Delta Air Lines does allow pets to travel in ...
Food Storage and Processing Equipments in Aeroplanes.4/4/2016Laura Laster
  Q: Do Microwave oven and Refrigeration systems can be deployed in commercial aircraft pantry?. Thanks ...
  A: I'm not very familiar with use of microwave ovens in aircraft galleys, as they are called, but I do ...
Pilot Flying Licence.1/14/2016Laura Laster
  Q: Do Pilot Flying Licence has a expiry date and has to be renewed by the Pilot after certain term ...
  A: In the USA, a pilot certificate does not expire. The pilot does have to maintain certain ...
Pilot Flying Licence.1/14/2016D. Norkus
  Q: Do Pilot Flying licence has a expiry date and and has to be renewed after a certain term period by ...
  A: No, not in the United States. I can't comment on other countries. The certificate is valid for ...
Pilot Flying Licence.1/14/2016David A. NewMyer
  Q: Do Pilot Flying Licence is expired after a certain term period and has to be renewed by the Pilot?. ...
  A: Each country will have somewhat different rules on this subject. With regard to the U. S. rules, ...
Helicopter Rotor Blades.12/7/2015David A. NewMyer
  Q: Can there be more than one pair of Rotor blades in a Helicopter?. If yen, what are the advantages ...
  A: Prashant: There are several models of helicopters with more than one set of rotor blades, most ...
Life of a commercial aircraft.11/23/2015wayne johnson
  Q: What is the life of a commercial aircraft?. Thanks Prashant
  A: There is no life limit on an aircraft. It basically becomes a question of how much money do you want ...
Life of a commercial aircraft.11/23/2015David A. NewMyer
  Q: What is the life of a commercial aircraft?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant, Thanks for your question---I will try to assist. The average "life" of a commercial ...
Life of a commercial aircraft.11/23/2015Laura Laster
  Q: What is the life of a commercial aircraft?. Thanks Prashant
  A: That really can depend on several factors. There are airliners built in the 60s & 70s that have had ...
Storage facility in Commercial Airlines.11/16/2015wayne johnson
  Q: Do you feel Electronic lock with password can enhance security in commercial airlines for luggage ...
  A: No - who would have the key or combination. If there is a problem at an airport with stolen luggage ...
Fixing whiteboard in Aeroplane.9/7/2015David A. NewMyer
  Q: Do you feel It could be value added service by the commercial airlines operator to fix mini ...
  A: Prashant: With regard to a mini-whiteboard, you would have to do some good market research to find ...
Fixing whiteboard in Aeroplane.9/7/2015D. Norkus
  Q: Do you feel It could be value added service by the commercial airlines operator to fix mini ...
  A: No. It is not something that is needed by passengers. Only necessary equipment is installed. ANY ...
Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition.9/3/2015David A. NewMyer
  Q: Is it possible to provide Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition system startup with a ...
  A: Most smaller, single engine aircraft already have an ignition lock in place. The security of the ...
Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition.9/3/2015Marc Ebelini
  Q: Is it possible to provide Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition system startup with a ...
  A: Anything is possible. Must consider that the switch is not only for the ignition as you put but also ...
Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition.9/3/2015wayne johnson
  Q: Is it possible to provide Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition system startup with a ...
  A: For small aircraft you could possibly adapt some sort of system to prevent the electrical system ...
Altimeter Flight instrument.8/15/2015Laura Laster
  Q: Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level ...
  A: The altimeter is typically used to indicate the airplane's altitude above sea level, not necessarily ...
Altimeter Flight instrument.8/15/2015Cal Taylor
  Q: Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level ...
  A: Yes, the altimeter is accurate in displaying the airplane's altitude above the ground. If it is set ...
Altimeter Flight instrument.8/15/2015Marc Ebelini
  Q: Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level ...
  A: Altimeters do not measure accurately the height above the ground. It is only a relative number. The ...
Altimeter Flight instrument.8/15/2015wayne johnson
  Q: Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level ...
  A: Prashant - The altimeter only measures height above sea level. It does not measure the distance ...
Altimeter Flight instrument.8/15/2015D. Norkus
  Q: Do the altimeter Flight instrument indicates with accuracy the plane Altitude from the ground level ...
  A: No, the altimeter actually indicates pressure altitude. With all aircraft in a given air mass using ...
Cybercafes Inside airports.8/13/2015wayne johnson
  Q: Do you suggest to have cybercafes Inside airports - Local and International in all countries?. ...
  A: Prashant - I think all airports should have free Wi-Fi in the airport, because more and more ...
Marble flooring in airports runways.8/7/2015Cal Taylor
  Q: Is marble flooring allowed on Airports runways?. Thanks Prashant ANSWER: No. Airport surfaces ...
  A: Do a tiny bit of thinking about paving a runway with marble. How much would you need? How thick ...
Marble flooring in airports runways.8/7/2015D. Norkus
  Q: Is marble flooring allowed on Airports runways?. Thanks Prashant ANSWER: No, runways would never ...
  A: If you are literally talking about a runway- on which aircraft take off from and land upon- being ...
Marble flooring in airports runways.8/6/2015Marc Ebelini
  Q: Is marble flooring allowed on Airports runways?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Any smooth hard surface can be used for a runway. The cost of marble runway would be very expensive ...
Marble flooring in airports runways.8/6/2015wayne johnson
  Q: Is marble flooring allowed on Airports runways?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Prashant - I am not sure what you mean by "flooring." If you mean the surface versus concrete, ...
air safety7/17/2015J. Zumwalt
  Q: in light of all the news about lasers being shined into aircraft cockpits nowadays I wonder if the ...
  A: There are a couple of issues that make laser deterrents hard to be practical. 1) Lasers are very ...
Regional Airline Operations7/16/2015D. Norkus
  Q: I have a quick question in regards to regional airlines. I understand that many regional airlines ...
  A: Ken In the last 5 to 10 years, almost every regional has gone to a regional jet fleet, so there are ...
Meteorology BS and Masters Degrees options4/6/2015D. Norkus
  Q: Am a student of meteorology and am confused whether after I can study aeronautics at masters level ...
  A: A graduate with a bachelors degree in meteorology can get a masters in any subject they choose- as ...
Cessna 1521/28/2015J. Zumwalt
  Q: I have questions about Cessna 152. What are the forces to be applied on Cessna 152, if the right ...
  A: Your problem is not easily solved because the force on occupants is based on information that is ...
choosing the right uni1/28/2015David A. NewMyer
  Q: I want to become an international pilot. I have done A-level,cie. I am originally from India but ...
  A: Aamish: Thank you for your question, I will try to assist! First of all, I wanted to bring up a ...
entry to college1/28/2015D. Norkus
  Q: My name is Aamish patel. I want to become an international pilot. I have done A-level,cie. I am ...
  A: 1. Does the ranking of university from where I've got my aerospace degree matter when I go for ...
Flight Departure Aviation Rule.12/22/2014wayne johnson
  Q: Scenario -------- In a International commercial flight one hour before departure the pilot or ...
  A: Phashant - Each airline will have written procedures to handle that situation. Most airlines have ...

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I can answer questions about aviation industry employment, airports and airport planning and aviation industry regulation (overall regulation of the industry--who regulates what and why).

Experience

I have worked in aviation since the late 1960s, primarily in airports, airport planning and in aviation education. I have done major research in aviation employment and in graduate education in aviation.

Organizations
University Aviation Association since 1982 (President, 2009-2010)

Publications
Collegiate Aviation Review Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research Journal of Air Transportation ATEA Journal SIU Press

Education/Credentials
B. S. in History and Government, University of Redlands, California, 1969 M. A. in Political Science (Metropolitan Studies), Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1971 M. S. in Transportation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1974 Ph.D. in Education (Education Aministration and Higher Education), Southern Illinois University Carbonale, 1987

Awards and Honors
United Airlines William Wheatley Award from the University Aviation Association, 1994 for excellence in Post Secondary Aviation Education Sorensen Award for Excellence in Research, University Aviation Association, 2008

Past/Present Clients
Prepared airport master plan and environmental assessment reports for several Illinois Airports; prepared two separate airport systems plans for the Chicago area

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