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.

Environmental Sustainability and Equitable Access Key Points in Hearing on Future Aviation Technologies

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing this week on recent advances in aerospace...

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

State of the Aviation Industry Hearing

In a hearing on April 21, the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, Safety, Operations, and Innovation assessed the state of the aviation...

Hearing: COVID’s Effects on Tourism

A full year of COVID emergencies has caused a tremendous decrease in travel which has only recently begun to recuperate. With travel,...

Airlines, public transit agencies say $1.9 trillion relief plan would prevent deep cuts, job losses

Jeff Davis discusses industry survival measures while reviewing funding aspects of the latest coronavirus relief package.  

An Update on the Precarious State of the Aviation Industry

COVID-19 has landed the aviation industry in the largest crisis in its history. With the pandemic still ongoing and passengers levels...

First T&I Hearing of 2021 Looks at COVID and Transportation Workers

Among the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the nation is the health and safety of transportation workers and passengers,...

TSA, Coast Guard Get Increases in Final FY21 Appropriations Package

Division F of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2021 provides year-long funding for the Department of Homeland Security,...

Year-End Funding Bill Creates New Requirements for Aircraft Certification

As part of the massive omnibus funding bill passed by Congress yesterday, which contains the second round of COVID relief money,...

Time Running Out for Water Resources, Aviation Certification Bills in This Congress

Several key transportation and infrastructure bills are still unsettled, and time is rapidly running out for this Congress to...

FAA Clears 737 MAX for Return to Service as Congress Debates New Aircraft Certification Reform

The Federal Aviation Administration this week approved the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after 20 months of being...

End-of-FY20 Report on Aviation, Water Trust Funds

The Airport and Airway Trust Fund had a predictably bad year in fiscal 2020 (since Congress shut off tax collections halfway through...

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