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.

DOT IG Releases Timeline of 737 MAX Development

After the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jetliner in March 2019 led to the worldwide grounding of the new model airplane,...

$1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Moving to House Vote Next Week

A $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, which incorporates a $494 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization (backed by a...

House Science Panel Looks at Making Air Travel Safer from Viruses

We normally watch congressional hearings remotely, but it definitely feels strange to be witnessing one happen where all parties...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Rob Britton

This webinar is led by Rob Britton, who led communications for American Airlines after 9/11. He will discuss lessons learned for...

Making Aircraft Certification Safe and Modern for the Global Aviation Industry

The Senate Commerce Committee held a contentious hearing this week to examine the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight...

CDC Contract Tracing Rule Pushed to September

Earlier this week, Trump Administration officials tasked an interagency working group to come up with a plan for conducting contract...

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...

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