The research paper is an opportunity for you to predict and analyze a problem or problems within the air transportation system in the next five to twenty years. You will undertake independent research on a subject relevant to global air transportation, which strives to address technical, regulatory, operational, environmental, and economical aspects of commercial air transportation or related industry. Your paper must be 8 – 12 pages of text, including an introduction of the problem, a review of relevant literature, methodology (how you conducted your research), data collection and analysis, presentation of results/findings, evaluation and discussion of these results, and recommendations/conclusions.
You may opt for either an argumentative research paper, where the intent is to persuade readers, or an analytical research study (Baker, Brizee, & Velazquez, n.d.):
Argumentative Research Paper:
The argumentative research paper consists of an introduction in which the writer clearly introduces the topic and informs his or her audience exactly which stance he/she intends to take; this stance is often identified as the thesis statement. An important goal of the argumentative research paper is persuasion, which means the topic chosen should be debatable or controversial. (para. 3)
Analytical Research Paper:
The analytical research paper often begins with the student asking a question (a.k.a. a research question) on which he or she has taken no stance. Such a paper is often an exercise in exploration and evaluation. (para. 6)
While the intent of the analytical research paper is not to persuade the reader of the author’s views, you are still required to develop conclusions and recommendations, based on well-supported research.
Conduct an analysis, predicting a short-term (next 5 years), or long-term (10-20 years) problem or problems that will impact a major component or components of the global air transportation system. The intent is to base the prediction upon well-documented research, historical trends, identified vulnerabilities, internal and external threats, and expected industry growth and technological enhancements. You may want to consider basing this project on information you discovered in your group’s project.
The analysis can be made from the perspective of a country or region, but must consider impacts to and influences from the greater system and should address stakeholders, policy makers, technological, environmental, and economical impacts and influences as applicable. For example: European air traffic was projected to increase from 9.5 million flights in 2012, to 14.4 million flights in 2035. How will this or could this impact the U.S. air traffic? Considering the system complexity, what other components of the system will potentially be impacted (e.g. airports, air traffic control, multi-modal transportation, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, regulations/standards, etc.). What are the implications to the economy, environment, and current technologies? Propose mitigation strategies and/or assess the efficacy of current mitigation plans. Consider initiating your research with a SWOT Analysis (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats).