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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.

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...

The Federal Role in Aviation

Congress continues to do very little as we head toward the midterm election, but one issue that continues to come up is that of...

The U.S. Export-Import Bank: A Government Agency Worth Fighting For

BY REBECCA UFKES Executive Vice President, UEC Electronics America plays a vital role in global transportation, both as a service...

Yapping at 35,000 Feet: Should There be a Limit to Personal Electronic Freedom in the Air?

BY CASSIDY If you travel by air as much as I do, I am sure you cannot help but notice how angst- ridden many passengers become when...

NATCA, Fellow Aviation Leaders Agree: U.S. Aviation System Needs Reform

BY DOUG CHURCH Director of Communications National Air Traffic Controllers Association The omnibus budget agreement approved by...

Is It Time to Dismantle the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey?

BY DAVID Z. PLAVIN Like living organisms, public authorities seem to have a finite life cycle. They come into being to serve a...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2013   January 16, 2013 issue January 21, 2013 update ...

The Future of the Airline Industry

Last month the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The lawsuit was...

Why is Air Traffic Control a Government Function?

Last week the sequester finally began hitting Congress where it hurts – by snarling air traffic and delaying flights. The Federal...

Introducing Policy Change: The Case of Knives on Planes

Last month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled a plan to permit some items that had been previously banned back...

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