Aviation

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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 Committee Investigates Drone Integration for FAA Reauthorization

On Wednesday, September 28, the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovations under the Senate Commerce, Science, and...

DOT Exercises Its Airline Consumer Protection Jurisdiction

The U.S. Department of Transportation continued to flex its regulatory muscles on behalf of airline customers this week by rolling out...

Representatives Discuss the Impacts of Leaded Aviation Fuel on Communities and Children

Some general aviation aircraft use high-compression piston engines, which requires gasoline with a high octane level. While...

House Lawmakers Hear General Aviation Industry Concerns About Leaded Fuels, Workforce Shortages, and More

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee met this week to hear from a panel of general aviation...

Phil Washington Nominated to Run FAA

As predicted in the Seattle Times on June 9, President Biden on July 6 announced that he has selected Phil Washington, the head of the...

DOT Announces $969M in Airport Terminal Grants

On July 7, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced 91 airport terminal development grants totaling $969 million, from funding...

Just How Big Is a $10 Million Airport Terminal Grant?

In the list announced last week of 91 grants to be made to U.S. airports from the first year of the new Airport Terminal Program's...

Making the Case for a National Strategy for Advanced Aviation Platforms

Our national airspace is an artery for commerce, a key domain for national security and homeland defense, and, increasingly, a domain...

Another Case for Increasing Participation of Women in Aviation

The fact that the aviation industry lacks workforce diversity is old news. Various scholarly studies and industry reports have...

Nominations News: Senate Panel OK’s FMCSA Head, MWAA Board Member; POTUS Makes STB Nominee; Sully Out at ICAO

There was a smattering of transportation nomination news in Washington this week. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation...

Phil Washington Rumored for FAA Administrator

Yesterday, the Seattle Times reported that Denver International Airport CEO Phil Washington, the former head of the Los Angeles County...

Emission-Reducing Aviation Technologies Presented at House Hearing

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation met to discuss different aviation...

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