Many of the problems and opportunities facing society today are determined by issues of mobility. Access to people, products, information and resources has emerged as a priority in the foreign policies of most states.Inevitably, considerations of national interest have played a central role in the structure and operations of the international aviation system. Meanwhile, air transport has been a catalyst for the phenomenon of 'globalization.This first in-depth exploration of the vital relationship between aviation policy and national interest in todays global economy focuses on those areas of concern where the international community has common ground or where conflicts of interest are most likely to arise.Revealing deeply informed perspectives gained from decades of distinguished public service in many areas of aviation policy, Erwin von den Steinen reviews the rules that govern the conduct of commercial air services between nations and considers the prospects of aviation in the 21st Century. He explains how timely understanding of national interest can provide a context for global and local policy to connect, and why the international aviation system is vital for the peaceful and sustainable development of modern states and societies.With such insights and powerful, practical recommendations, von den Steinens analysis will be of enormous value to those concerned with air transport, from technical research and design to the highest levels of government, as well as to lawyers and academics in international law and relations. "a tour of the major issues in international aviation law and policy under the guidance of an authentic homme engage... Ultimately, this book is the work of someone who deeply appreciates the aviation industry both at its technical level, that of its often-frustrating machinations of law and policy, and also at the emotional level of a special business that exemplifies freedom and imagination like few others do." Brian F. Havel "The Introduction has one of the best free flowing leads to a book detailing the politics of aviation and diplomacy I have come across.... I commend this book to lawyers, diplomats and students of aero-politics and law.... I would prescribe this book to my graduate students as compulsory reading for their course in Aero-political and legal Environment." Dr Ruwantissa AbeyratneVon Den Steinen, Erwin is the author of 'National Interest and International Aviation ', published 2006 under ISBN 9789041124555 and ISBN 9041124551.