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Robert Poole, Reason Foundation Director of Transportation Studies to Speak at GKC’s Teleconference on the FAA & Creating a New Traffic Control System

New York, NY, July 01, 2006 --( The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies at Reason Foundation and a nationally known expert on privatization and transportation policy will speak at the upcoming teleconference entitled: “The FAA & Creating A New Traffic Control System scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:00 AM (EDT).

The nation's air traffic control system is seriously in need of an upgrade. Problem is, who will pay for it? A new proposal under consideration would allow the FCC to issue bonds that it would pay back via user fees. This system would shift funding responsibilities from the major airlines to general aviation. Lobbying groups on all sides have already begun to dig in for the fight. The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts, to help analyze these changes and their impact on the companies servicing this industry. These experts will present their findings, which includes a "best practice" panel, at a comprehensive two-hour teleconference scheduled for July 31, 2006

About Robert Poole

Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Studies at the Reason Foundation, a public policy think tank based in Los Angeles. He is nationally known as an expert on privatization and transportation policy

Poole was among the first to propose the commercialization of the U.S. air traffic control system, and his work in this field has helped shape proposals for a U.S. ATC corporation. A version of his corporation concept was implemented in Canada in 1996. He has advised the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the White House Office of Policy Development, the National Performance Review, the National Economic Council, and the National Civil Aviation Review Commission on ATC commercialization. He was a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team on transportation. He is a member of the Critical Infrastructure Council of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and of the Air Traffic Control Association. He is also a member of the GAO’s National Aviation Studies Advisory Panel.

Poole’s Reason Foundation studies launched a national debate on airport privatization in the United States. He advised both the FAA and local officials during the 1989-90 controversies over the proposed privatization of Albany (NY) Airport. His seven years of policy research on this issue helped inspire both the privatization of Indianapolis airport management under Mayor Steve Goldsmith and Congress’s 1996 enactment of the current Airport Privatization Pilot Program.

Poole has testified on both airports and air traffic control on a number of occasions before House and Senate aviation subcommittees, and he has spoken on these subjects before numerous conferences over the past decade. He has also done consulting work on several airport privatization feasibility studies.

He is the author of dozens of policy studies and journal articles on transportation issues. His popular writings have appeared in national newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; he has also been a guest on such network TV programs as “Crossfire,” “Good Morning America,” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” as well as ABC and NBC News. He writes a monthly column on transportation policy issues for Public Works Financing.

Poole received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and did graduate work in operations research at NYU.

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About The Global Knowledge Congress

The Global Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces teleconferences that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour teleconferences to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact, please visit:

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