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2nd Edition

Ethical Issues in Aviation

Edited By

Elizabeth A. Hoppe

ISBN 9781472470867
Published October 16, 2018 by Routledge
362 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The aviation industry is unique in two major ways: firstly, it has a long history of government involvement dating back to the early days of aviation; and secondly, its primary concern is the safety of its passengers and crew. These features highlight the importance of ethical decision-making at all levels of the industry. However, well-publicized problems such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlight the need for ethics to take a more prominent role in the field.

Ethical Issues in Aviation focuses on both past and current topics in aviation, providing the reader with an overview of the major themes in aviation ethics that cover a broad range of subjects. Contributors include academics who do research in the field as well as professionals who provide first-hand accounts of the ethical situations that arise in the aviation industry. This second edition has been thoroughly revised throughout to bring it up to date, and features several new chapters that cover recent events and topics.

This book enhances student learning by providing faculty, students, and those interested in aviation with discussion of the most pressing ethical issues that continue to impact the industry.

Table of Contents

PART I THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS 1 Ethical theories I: dilemmas and decision-making Mark H. Waymack 2 Ethical theories II: rights and character Mark H. Waymack 3 Capitalism and its critics Nathan Ross PART II GENERAL TOPICS IN AVIATION 4 Who governs international aviation? Dawna L. Rhoades 5 Certain restrictions apply: pricing and marketing issues facing airline managers and consumers Joseph P. Schwieterman 6 Outsourcing maintenance: a union perspective Ted Ludwig 7 Whistleblowing in aviation Bruce Hoover PART III ISSUES IN RESPONSIBILITY 8 Ethics and FAA inspectors Gerardo Martinez 9 The Federal Aviation Administration and the ethical dimensions of regulatory capture Elizabeth A. Hoppe 10 Ethics in aviation from the perspective of a flight attendant Gail L. Bigelow 11 ValuJet 592 and corporate responsibility Kenny Frank 12 The sociotechnical cockpit: ethical dimensions of piloting, planes, and programming Eric B. Kennedy 13 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: ethical considerations Richard L. Wilson PART IV DIVERSITY IN AVIATION 14 Racial discrimination against pilots: an historical perspective Flint Whitlock 15 Gender and racial barriers in flight training James E. Sulton, III 16 Diversity recruiting in aviation maintenance Paul Foster 17 Safety, economic favoritism, or age discrimination? The story behind the FAA’s Age 60 Rule Michael Oksner PART V HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT 18 Ethical issues in aviation medicine Warren Jensen 19 Environmental concerns in general aviation: avgas and noise pollution Robert Breidenthal 20 Greenhouse gas emissions, persistent contrails, and commercial aviation Steven A. Kolmes 21 Ground-level pollution, invasive species, and emergent diseases Steven A. Kolmes PART VI OTHER GROUND-LEVEL ISSUES 22 There goes the neighborhood: conflicts associated with the location and operation of airports Brian W. Ohm 23 Strings attached? The ethics of air service development incentives Russell W. Mills 24 What can aviation maps teach us about ethics? Peter Nekola 25 Ethical dimensions of the 1981 PATCO strike Michael S. Nolan 26 Air traffic control: a critical system in transition

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Elizabeth A. Hoppe is Instructor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Specializing in applied ethics, she conducts research in aviation and business and is a member of the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics.


Comments on previous edition: 'Ethical Issues in Aviation is an innovative and thought-provoking book that explores an important, but heretofore, neglected area of research. While the study of ethics has been applied in numerous other industries, its application to aviation is long overdue. For those who study aviation, this book is sure to provide multiple new perspectives on familiar issues. It was a treat to read about the business of aviation, safety, diversity, airport development, and environmental issues through an ethical lens.' Andrew R. Goetz , University of Denver, USA 'Pilots face ethical issues every day on and off the job. How much sleep is enough? Am I fit for duty? Do I write up this maintenance problem and delay the flight? Is this route of flight which skirts the edge of severe turbulence legal and safe? Do we take extra fuel and leave behind passengers and bags? In order to push back on-time what corners are cut? Add on top of this discrimination and contempt for women, and other tensions apply such as not being given all the information to make a decision, or the necessary training to perform correctly. Honesty, integrity, and morality play into all decisions. Elizabeth Hoppe's book and a course in ethics could benefit every pilot. As the first female pilot at Aloha Airlines in the late 1970s, discrimination, deliberately inadequate training, and bullying were the norm. Also, experiencing a commercial airline accident as the First Officer on Aloha Airlines Flight 243, I lived and observed first hand many of the issues discussed throughout this book. I had a hard time putting the book down and wanted more chapters when it ended. I highly recommend this book for all aviation employees.' Madeline "Mimi" Tompkins, First Officer, Hawaiian Airlines