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.

FAA Distributes $9.1B in Airport Grants; Formula Disproportionately Benefits Airports With Heavy Debt or Reserves

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the allocation of $9.14 billion of the $10 billion CARES Act airport grant...

Aviation Aid Hasn’t Been Released Yet.

The mammoth coronavirus aid package signed into law two weeks ago today (on March 27) provided $88 billion in grant and loan authority...

Treasury, USDOT Set Rules and Conditions for Coronavirus Aviation Aid

Seven days after President Trump signed the $2+ trillion coronavirus response bill (H.R. 748) into law, the Treasury Department and the...

Federal Aviation Policy Under President Eisenhower

Author's note: I have been preparing a comprehensive overview of federal transportation policy under President Eisenhower as part of...

The “CV3” Bill’s $46 Billion for Aviation Loans – How Will It Work?

The third coronavirus response bill authorizes the Treasury Secretary to "make loans, loan guarantees, and other investments in support...

The “CV3” Bill’s $32 Billion for Air Carrier Grants – How Will It Work?

The third coronavirus response package being passed by Congress this week appropriates $32 billion from the general fund of the...

COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Extension of Real ID Enforcement Deadline

On Thursday, March 26, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced a one-year extension of the Real ID enforcement...

The “CV3” Bill’s $10 Billion in Airport Grants – How Will It Work?

The third coronavirus response bill appropriates $10 billion from the general fund of the Treasury for " an additional amount for...

Final Version of $2 Trillion COVID Response Bill Has $114 Billion for Transportation

5:40 a.m. 3/26/2020 update: Earlier this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 748, as amended with the coronavirus aid package, by a vote of...

Senate COVID Bill Stalled; House Plan Would More than Double USDOT Appropriations

4:45 p.m. The Senate is still stuck in a partisan logjam over its coronavirus response legislation, having failed again this...

Revised Coronavirus Bill Includes $20 Billion for Mass Transit, $10 Billion for Airports, $58 Billion in Loans for Airlines

A revised version of the trillion-dollar-plus coronavirus response bill circulated by Senate Republicans this morning, after a long...

McConnell Aims to Bring Trillion-Dollar Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Up for Senate Vote on Monday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said this afternoon that he hopes that the Senate will be able to vote on a...

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