June 1 2017 – A recent House Appropriations hearing examined federal policies and funding requirements imposed by the growing unmanned aviation system (UAS) sector.
Eno Transportation Weekly
April 7, 2017 – On April 4, the House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing on the very eclectic topic of “enabling innovation in the national airspace.”
March 17, 2017 – This week, the Senate Commerce Committee looked anew at issues relating to the benefits and safety risks of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a.k.a. drones.
March 3, 2017 – After nearly a month of relative silence, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao appeared at the National Governors’ Association winter meeting on Sunday to discuss emerging technologies and the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.
At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, held last month, one of the sessions examined the impact that existing and imminent new technologies will have on the freight sector.
The recently enacted FAA extension law contains a variety of safety-related provisions, particularly those relating to unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
June 23, 2016 – The Federal Aviation Administration has released the text of its final rule governing most drone aircraft (the ones weighing less than 55 pounds, called small unmanned aircraft systems, or sUAS in the rule).
April 12, 2016 – The Senate made more slow and incremental progress yesterday on legislation reauthorizing the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (H.R. 636), but has not yet turned to the legislation today. The Senate recessed at 12:30 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons and hopes to turn back to the FAA bill when they come back at 2:15 p.m.
March 17, 2016 – Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved a two-year, $33.1 billion reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (S. 2658). While the Senate hopes to take up that legislation in April, the FAA faces a more immediate problem – a looming March 31 deadline to extend the spending authority and taxes that support the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. (Without an extension of the spending authority, parts of the FAA will begin to shut down on April 1.)
So at 12:45 p.m. today, the Senate amended and passed the short-term AATF extension (H.R. 4721) that passed the House on Monday. The House version would have extended spending authority for 3.5 months (to July 15, 2016) but would have extended the existing aviation excise taxes a whole year (to March 31, 2016).
March 11, 2016 – As first reported in last Wednesday’s ETW Express, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee have introduced legislation (S. 2658) reauthorizing the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and making changes in federal aviation policy. The Committee has scheduled a markup session to consider and amend the bill for Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. in hopes of having the bill on the Senate floor during April.