Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: FAA

Shuster Concedes Defeat on ATC Reform; Next Extension Due Soon

March 2, 2018 – Prospects for House consideration of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took an abrupt shift earlier this week when House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced on February 27 that his ambitious air traffic control reform legislation (H.R. 2997) would not be moving to the House floor in its current form.

Shuster Gives Up On Air Traffic Control Spinoff

February 27, 2018 – House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced today that his ambitious air traffic control legislation (H.R. 2997) would not be moving to the House floor in its current form.

House Democrats Claim Sequestration Woes From Shuster FAA Bill

October 30, 2017 – Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier today sent a letter to colleagues in the chamber, stating that the air traffic control corporatization bill passed by the committee earlier this year (H.R. 2997) would, if its latest public incarnation were enacted, trigger a new round of budgetary sequestration on the mandatory side of the budget that would threaten Medicare and other popular entitlement programs.

Trump Directs USDOT to Establish New UAS Pilot Program

October 27, 2017 – On October 25, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish a pilot program that will explore new commercial, public, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). 

Another False Alarm: FAA Reform Bill Not On Next Week’s House Schedule, Either

October 5, 2017 – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) once again today did not mention the stalled Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 2997) when announcing next week’s floor schedule for the House of Representatives. This despite an announcement earlier this week from the chairman of the House Rules Committee saying that the panel was “likely to meet the week of October 9th to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process” for the bill.

Congress Clears 6-Month Aviation Extension After Dropping Flood Insurance Provision

September 28, 2017 – Both chambers of Congress today passed legislation providing for a 6-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration funding authorities and of Airport and Airway Trust Fund spending authority and excise taxes. This clears the measure for the President’s signature prior to the expiration of the fiscal year on September 30 and should prevent a partial shutdown of the FAA starting on Monday.

6-Month FAA Extension Coming Back for House Re-Vote Thursday

September 26, 2017 – The legislation providing a 6-month extension of expiring Federal Aviation Administration funding and tax authorities, which failed to pass the House last night under expedited procedures, will return to the House floor later this week for a re-vote that only requires a simple majority.

Governance of a Nonprofit ATC Provider: A Primer

September 8, 2017 – How would the governance structure of a private non-profit air traffic control corporation work? In this article we’ll provide an overview of the proposed governance model, and how it has been implemented by the Canadians in their own nonprofit ATC provider, NAV CANADA.

USDOT I.G. Criticizes NextGen Cost-Benefit Analysis

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).

Congress Faces Busy September On Spending, Debt, AVs, Aviation

September 5, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – Congress returns to the nation’s capital today (the House at 2 p.m.; the Senate at 3 p.m.) for a busy month’s work. The House is scheduled to vote on omnibus FY 2018 appropriations, the first tranche of FY 2017 relief for areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey, and the first federal legislation regulating autonomous vehicles this week. Later this month, the House may take up legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.