Aviation

Issues & Modes / Aviation

Aviation is part of the lifeblood of modern economies, moving people and goods around the nation and the globe. The American economy literally could not function without it and a tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government maintains the safest airspace in the world. But challenges remain as congestion and delays hinder airports and high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology. At the same time, qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel have grown increasingly scarce and new technologies like drones are challenging airline safety and security.

Senate Commerce Committee OKs Bills, Nominations

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a business meeting on May 20 to approve various bills and nominations...

How Quickly Will Airline Passenger Demand Recover?

Passenger air travel, anecdotally and as measured by TSA passenger throughput, is recovering slightly in May after bottoming out in...

New House COVID Bill Changes Airline Aid Conditions, Bails Out Aviation Trust Fund

The new coronavirus relief bill (H.R. 6800) being considered by the House of Representatives this week does not include additional...

$15 Billion for State DOTs, $15.75 Billion More For Transit in Latest House Democratic COVID Bill

This afternoon, House Democrats unveiled their $3 trillion, 1,815-page coronavirus response bill, that follows the $2.6 trillion bill...

Senate Panel Holds Highly Anticipated Hearing on Aviation and COVID

On May 6, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on “The State of the Aviation Industry:...

CBO Says Coronavirus Response Enacted So Far Will Provide $2.8 Trillion

Today, almost three weeks after the mammoth "CARES Act" (the third legislative installment of coronavirus response) was signed into...

FAA Distributes $9.1B in Airport Grants; Formula Disproportionately Benefits Airports With Heavy Debt or Reserves

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the allocation of $9.14 billion of the $10 billion CARES Act airport grant...

Aviation Aid Hasn’t Been Released Yet.

The mammoth coronavirus aid package signed into law two weeks ago today (on March 27) provided $88 billion in grant and loan authority...

Treasury, USDOT Set Rules and Conditions for Coronavirus Aviation Aid

Seven days after President Trump signed the $2+ trillion coronavirus response bill (H.R. 748) into law, the Treasury Department and the...

Federal Aviation Policy Under President Eisenhower

Author's note: I have been preparing a comprehensive overview of federal transportation policy under President Eisenhower as part of...

The “CV3” Bill’s $46 Billion for Aviation Loans – How Will It Work?

The third coronavirus response bill authorizes the Treasury Secretary to "make loans, loan guarantees, and other investments in support...

The “CV3” Bill’s $32 Billion for Air Carrier Grants – How Will It Work?

The third coronavirus response package being passed by Congress this week appropriates $32 billion from the general fund of the...

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