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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.

We Must Have Stable, Predictable Funding for the National Airspace System

The current funding uncertainty for our nation’s air traffic control system is unacceptable. As a result, NATCA is advocating for...

1982 White House Federalism Initiative – Jan. 25 Draft

April 16, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is the internal White House summary of President Reagan’s “New Federalism...

1978 President Carter Meeting on Airline Deregulation Bill

March 3, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a Carter Administration memo preparing the President for a meeting with the...

Choose Your Own Transportation Future: Thoughts on USDOT’s Beyond Traffic

BY MARLA WESTERVELT Policy Analyst In recent years the American public has been inundated with crumbling infrastructure headlines...

Re-Programming Mobility: Four Scenarios of How Digital Technology Could Reshape Transportation and Planning in the U.S.

BY ANTHONY TOWNSEND New York University In late 2012, I spent a week in Israel on business. Over lunch one day, one of my clients -...

Common Ground for Airport Investment

One might think that investing in airport infrastructure would be something that airport authorities and airlines would agree upon....

FY 1982 Reagan Transportation Budget Details

February 3, 2015 The ETW staff is hard at work putting together a mammoth summary of the President's new transportation budget...

2015: Year of Opportunity for Federal Transportation Policy?

As we look back on 2014, it is hard to draw many positive conclusions about recent progress on federal transportation policy. Congress...

FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Up For House Vote Today

December 11, 2014 – 8:45 A.M. Omnibus.  House leaders are proceeding on the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) as if they...

Overview of Final FY 2015 USDOT Appropriations

December 9, 2014 – 9:05 p.m. Initial overview.  The omnibus package will take the form of a House amendment to the Senate...

Update – The Week Ahead

December 8, 2014 – 7:30 a.m. This is the last scheduled week of session for the 113th Congress, and Congressional leaders have a...

Technology That Makes Airport Taxiing Safer Is Possible Today

BY CYRO STONE Director of Business Development for ACSS We are all aware of the extraordinary advances in air transportation safety...

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