A report released by the National Research Council found that the nation's aviation transportation system is "in peril," as is the United States' dominance in world aviation.
David Woods, a professor in the Institute for Ergonomics and co-director of the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab at Ohio State University was a member of the report committee, stating :
"In the past, we have been the world leader in aviation and aviation technology. But that leadership is eroding rapidly," "Without a coordinated national vision, the U.S. aviation system and industry are in peril of falling into the shadow of other parts of the world,".
After analyzing a vast array of problems in the aviation industry, like safety and security, the capacity of the air transportation system and consumer satisfaction, the report committee concluded that it's up to the government to institute a focused national struggle for aviation, developing strategies that will enable the airline industry to meet increased travel demand and quality standards in the future.
Even tough capacity is not a pressing issue at the moment, starting with 2001 record delays have been encountered due to high demand for travel. These delays have lowered customer satisfaction. Woods states that despite of the "painful" present economic situation in the industry, there is still enough time to "step back and coordinate changes across the different parts of the industry and government".