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The aviation industry plays a critical role in the American economy, and this group recognizes its vast importance. The aviation sector transports 900 million passengers every year and is responsible for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, nearly 12 million jobs, and represents 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, the industry’s $83 billion trade surplus is the largest trade surplus within the U.S. economy. Tying this all together is a complex infrastructure network of airports and air traffic control operated by, among many others, millions of highly skilled pilots, mechanics and other technicians, and air traffic controllers. The tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government over the decades, translated into the safest airspace in the world. But, while the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, America has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers. Today, congestion and delays plague U.S. airports while high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology; qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel in the next 30 years have grown increasingly scarce; and new technologies are challenging airline safety and security.

New Senate COVID Bill Gives Another $10B for Airports but Nothing for State DOTs, Transit Agencies

Senate Republicans have released the bill text of their latest coronavirus response legislation this evening, in piecemeal fashion. The...

Senate Panel Approves Two Airport Funding Bills

As part of its July 22 executive session, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved two bills related to...

DOT IG Releases Timeline of 737 MAX Development

After the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jetliner in March 2019 led to the worldwide grounding of the new model airplane,...

$1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Moving to House Vote Next Week

A $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, which incorporates a $494 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization (backed by a...

House Science Panel Looks at Making Air Travel Safer from Viruses

We normally watch congressional hearings remotely, but it definitely feels strange to be witnessing one happen where all parties...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Rob Britton

This webinar is led by Rob Britton, who led communications for American Airlines after 9/11. He will discuss lessons learned for...

Making Aircraft Certification Safe and Modern for the Global Aviation Industry

The Senate Commerce Committee held a contentious hearing this week to examine the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight...

CDC Contract Tracing Rule Pushed to September

Earlier this week, Trump Administration officials tasked an interagency working group to come up with a plan for conducting contract...

Senate Commerce Committee OKs Bills, Nominations

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a business meeting on May 20 to approve various bills and nominations...

How Quickly Will Airline Passenger Demand Recover?

Passenger air travel, anecdotally and as measured by TSA passenger throughput, is recovering slightly in May after bottoming out in...

New House COVID Bill Changes Airline Aid Conditions, Bails Out Aviation Trust Fund

The new coronavirus relief bill (H.R. 6800) being considered by the House of Representatives this week does not include additional...

$15 Billion for State DOTs, $15.75 Billion More For Transit in Latest House Democratic COVID Bill

This afternoon, House Democrats unveiled their $3 trillion, 1,815-page coronavirus response bill, that follows the $2.6 trillion bill...

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