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.

Transit Agencies, Airports Spent Another $2.6 Billion of CARES Act Funding in August

U.S. mass transit providers and airport sponsors collectively spent another $2.6 billion of their $35 billion in special COVID-19 aid...

More Airline Aid Now Won’t Move Without Resolution of Larger COVID Aid Bill

This was an interesting week for the aviation news beat in Congress. The end result is that many U.S. airlines and contractors are...

Additional Airline Payroll Support Promised But Not (Yet) Delivered

U.S. airlines commenced plans to lay off over 30,000 employees yesterday, following the expiration of the no-layoffs clause...

Airlines Close on $13 Billion in CARES Act Loans

The Treasury Department announced this week that seven passenger airlines had closed loans under the authority provided in the March...

Guest Op-Ed: Annoyance and Drones: How Optimizing Flight Paths Can Reduce Potential Noise Impacts

Drones are cost effective and easy to operate. However, the same physical characteristics that make multicopter drones appealing, such...

House Democrats Release Critical Report on 737 MAX As Senate Panel Postpones Certification Bill

This week, Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a 238-page investigative report on the actions...

Substitute Version of FAA Certification Bill (Senate – Sept. 11, 2020)

This is the amendment in the nature of a substitute for the Senate's FAA certification reform bill (S. 3969) circulated to Senate...

Some Transit Agencies, Airports Still Slow to Spend Emergency COVID Money

Mass transit agencies across the country spent $2.3 billion of their CARES Act coronavirus funding in July, while airports spent $652...

July 7, 1958 Cabinet Meeting on Airline Finances

This is a PDF file containing records of the July 7, 1958 Cabinet meeting at which the finances of U.S. airlines, and their need to get...

June 6, 1958 Cabinet Meeting on FAA Creation

This PDF file contains records of the June 6, 1958 Cabinet meeting at which the decision was made to ask Congress to create a new...

Plan for Contact Tracing Air Travelers Stalls

Last week, news outlets reported that the White House put the brakes on a plan by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to require...

Eno Releases First Report on UAS Integration

Drone technology is developing rapidly. While it might be a few years before you can fly in an Advanced Air Mobility vehicle (AAM) or...

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