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2 Good Things

Recently The U.S. Department of Transportion announced 2 positive reports in regards to airline travel.

The first report detailed that the airline's on-time flight performance is improving when compared to the same time period last year, and month over month. The figures were compiled using an average on time performance for the top 19 U.S. carriers. The average for May was 79 percent vs. 77.9 percent in May of '07, and 77.7 percent in April. Not huge....but still an improvement.

A similar type improvement was shown in terms of lost baggage. On average, every 4.6 passengers out of 1,000 reported a mishandled bag vs. 5.9 out of 1,000 a year earlier. Over a 20 percent improvement!

The second (and more interesting) report, is the announcement of measures to help the aviation industry in it's fight against high fuel costs.

According to www.dot.gov, the FAA and the X Prize foundation are planning a competition to find a renewable alternative to jet fuel. The details of the competition and prize involved has yet to be announced, but if it's anything similar to a previous time these two joined forces I don't think they'll have any issues sparking anyones interest. In 2004 they offered a $10,000,000 prize for the first private team to launch a manned spacecraft into suborbital space. Not a bad incentive to work on a cool project.

Finding a renewable alternative to jet fuel doesn't sound easy, but will one day be necessary. Turning this into a competition and opening up the idea to everyone is a great idea. It's nice to hear the FAA is taking this positive step, and it will be interesting to see how many and how quickly people will get on board.