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.

Schumer Calls for Quick Confirmation of Phil Washington to FAA

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued a public statement on January 15 calling for the quick confirmation of Phil...

Air Traffic Control Snafu Illustrates How Operating Programs Always Squeeze Capital Programs

The Federal Aviation Administration had to suspend airline flights across the country on January 11 because of a problem with an...

Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Boeing 737 MAX Certification Fix

The pending $1.7 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2023 also contains a provision that will allow the Federal Aviation...

House Passes Mammoth Defense Authorization Bill: No Boeing Fix, but WRDA, Coast Guard Reauthorizations Included

The House of Representatives yesterday passed a 4,310-page package of bills centered around the annual national defense authorization...

Sinema Leaves Democratic Party but May Retain Aviation Subcommittee Gavel

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) changed her voting registration in Arizona today from "Democrat" to "Independent" and said she will no...

Defense Bill, Now Riding on Water Bill, May Contain Boeing Fix

Normally, it is the "must-pass" defense authorization bill that serves as the "Christmas tree" legislation at this festive time of...

Defense Authorization Bill Adds WRDA, Coast Guard, MARAD, Drone Bills

A familiar pattern is emerging on Capitol Hill towards the end of the annual session: there will only be two trains out of town at...

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...

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