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Background

The Air Transportation Research International Forum was formed in 1973. Formation of ATRIF provided a recognized need for a round-table venue for professional air transport market analysts, operations researchers, economists, and forecasting practitioners to exchange views on industry topics. Predominately the group draws on experienced individuals from the manufacturing, supplier, financing, airline and consulting community. The mission of ATRIF is to provide such a forum where individuals can meet to discuss, debate common problems and promote research into improving methods of planning, analysis or forecasting.

Membership

Membership requirements are liberal, dependent only on a sincere interest. Any individual interested in air transport research, either independently or through association with any industrial or carrier firm, academic, civic or trade association, or governmental agency is eligible for membership. Approximately 65 members on average attend the bi-annual meetings, with the Spring meeting routinely exceeding 80. Representatives come from airframe manufacturers, engine suppliers, avionics suppliers, airlines, universities and the government. A prime membership goal is to expand the current active membership base throughout the industry and around the world.

Benefits

The major benefit of ATRIF has been to improve the professional skills of its members. The opportunity to meet in order to compare techniques and test ideas increases understanding and creativity. New approaches to the individual's own work techniques benefits his management, whether it be within a corporation, the government or an academic institution. The planner's job is to provide dependable assumptions for management. Since forecasting always occurs in an uncertain environment, information gathered in an effective manner reduces uncertainty and allows the company to be ready for change. ATRIF provides an opportunity for everyone interested in the future of the aviation industry, to improve their knowledge and understanding of the issues which will determine that future.