December 1, 2017- This week, the Aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held the first hearing in the 115th Congress dedicated entirely to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones).
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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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
September 25, 2017 – This morning, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a full, 24-page cost estimate of the revised version of the House’s Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 2997) that was posted on the website of the House Rules Committee six weeks ago.
September 22, 2017 – House Republican leaders last night released the text of a draft bill extending Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities and taxes for six months
September 19, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made available another report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) deployment of NextGen, the agency’s multi-decade modernization program.
September 8, 2017 – House leaders have once again postponed the tentatively scheduled consideration of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (H.R.
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 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.
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).
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.
August 16, 2017 – The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated, but still incomplete, score of the budgetary impact of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (H.R. 2997).
July 28, 2017 – The House of Representatives has finished its summer agenda and left town for the long August recess, not to return until after Labor Day.The House did not act on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 2997), meaning that the legislation has to wait until Congress returns in September (at the earliest).
July 20, 2017 – Legislation reauthorizing federal aviation programs and splitting up the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stalled on the way to the House floor, as party leaders try to nail down an elusive majority of the House in support of the bill. Sources say it is increasingly likely that House consideration of the bill (H.R.
July 13, 2017 – Vacuum tubes have been replaced as a symbol of FAA inefficiency by flight strips, the little pieces of paper that the controllers use to jot down information about the airplanes they are controlling.
July 7, 2017 – How do the certification reform House and Senate FAA bills compare to Eno’s recent recommendations?