November 2, 2018 – The Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets hosted scholars and a former airline executive on October 30 to discuss the legacy of Airline Deregulation Act (which marked 40 years since enactment last Wednesday) and the current state of American passenger aviation.
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October 3, 2018 – The FAA reauthorization directly addresses the agency’s critical role in certification in order to ensure public confidence in the safety of the system for business and leisure travel. With the industry changing rapidly as new technologies come online, the federal certification process needs to be more flexible and agile.
The following is an overview of the final compromise FAA reauthorization bill released in the wee hours of September 22, broken down into five areas: funding authorizations, airline customer service, aviation safety, airports, and unmanned aviation systems. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released a more detailed section-by-section summary of the bill here.
August 23, 2018 – Praised by both sides of the aisle as an “exemplary leader” who is “uniquely qualified for the position,” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Joel Szabat had an easy time at his nomination hearing Thursday to become the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.
July 27, 2018 – Although behind-the-scenes negotiations on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) continued this week, the press of other business has made it unlikely that the legislation will make it to the Senate floor next week. And with the Senate scheduled to take a recess the week after that, the earliest that the bill could make it to the floor is likely mid-August.
July 13, 2018 – It is still possible – but by no means certain – that the U.S. Senate could consider the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) in the next two or three weeks. But the bill will only come up if the leaders of the committee can winnow any potential amendments down to the point that the consideration of the bill can be completed in one or two days of floor time.
June 7, 2018 – On Thursday morning, Washington Post Live hosted legislators, industry leaders, and U.S. Department of Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao for Taking Flight: Regulating Our Skies. During two panels and a one-on-one interview, speakers discussed pilot shortage, consumer experience, drones, and the impending legislation.
May 10, 2018 – now that ATC reform efforts have been defeated for the time being, it’s worth taking a deeper look at why they failed. ATC reform efforts pursued multiple policy goals, and each policy goal brought a different set of political opponents to the legislation. The combined opposition was just too great to be overcome.
The following is a list of amendments made in order by the House Rules Committee to H.R. 4, the FAA reauthorization bill. Clicking on the sponsor name will take you to the text of the amendment.
April 20, 2018 – The long-delayed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill is finally poised for takeoff. The bill is on the official House floor schedule for next week, and the House Rules Committee has scheduled a hearing for 5 p.m.
December 1, 2017 – This week Eno released the sixth policy brief in the Eno Aviation Insights series – Where are airline passengers getting the best service?
Today Eno released the fifth policy brief in the Eno Aviation Insights series – How has air travel in specific metropolitan areas changed in recent years?
October 11, 2017 – Today the Eno Center for Transportation released the first of a series of policy briefs that make up the latest installment of Eno Aviation Insights. The series focuses on answering important questions affecting the U.S. aviation industry from an independent and objective perspective.
Why are many organized aviation labor unions, including the air traffic controllers, the flight attendants, and several airline pilots’ unions, supporting the corporatization of air traffic control outside the structure of the FAA?
September 8, 2017 – What are the general aviation community’s specific concerns about air traffic control privatization, and how does the current House bill address those concerns?
September 7, 2017 – The USDOT Inspector General made public this week an August 15 letter with their analysis on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) most recent business case for NextGen, the agency’s ongoing program to modernize air traffic control (ATC).
August 9, 2017 – The Open Skies relationship between the United States and two Middle Eastern countries – Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – is particularly contentious right now. This week, we have two unique perspectives on this highly-charged debate: from Eno Board of Directors chairman Jim Burnley and from Eno Policy Analyst Rui Neiva.
Open Skies agreements have been very beneficial to U.S. airlines and their passengers. But as long as the UAE and Qatar continue to flout them, U.S. airlines will not be able to compete fairly. Enforcing these agreements is critical to the continuing health of our airline industry.
The UAE and Qatar are far from unique in providing financial support for their airlines. In reality, aviation has long been prone to government intervention. Being such an important and charismatic part of a country’s economy, national governments always used them to project power abroad—an aircraft painted in national colors arriving at a major airport is one of the best ways to show that the country matters internationally.
July 28, 2017 – On July 25, the House Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee held a (short) hearing titled “Securing Air Cargo: Industry Perspectives”.