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.

House On Verge of Passing Second Coronavirus Aid Package; Financial Aid for Airlines Under Discussion

It has been a long two days on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday night at 11 p.m., the House Rules Committee posted the text of House...

U.S. Senate Holds Coronavirus Hearing as Disease Spreads

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) convened a hearing of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space to discuss the coronavirus effects on the...

House Passes Bill to Give TSA Workers Full Civil Service Rights

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 1140) that would bring Transportation Security Administration employees...

Senate Subcommittee Revisits Air Cargo Security Needs

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security had a field hearing on the scanning and screening of air cargo on February 25 at Logan...

The Effects of Coronavirus on Transportation

The Centers for Disease Control said this week it is expecting that the COVID-19 virus will spread to the United States. With cases and...

Transportation Tax Receipt Forecast: Gasoline Still on the Decline, but Trucking and Airline Growth to Continue

As part of the rollout of its annual budget outlook, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its detailed forecast for...

CBO Projects Surplus of Riches for Aviation Trust Fund

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's new forecast for the finances of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund is out, and that...

St. Louis Pulls Bid to Privatize its Airport

In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Lambert International Airport was the nation's 15th-largest, with more traffic than Seattle-Tacoma,...

Study Commissioned by Congress Recommends Increasing Airport PFC Cap by $3 per Passenger

A new study from the RAND Corporation, commissioned by Congress in 2018, recommends that the statutory maximum passenger facility...

USDOT Publishes Proposed Rule on Remote ID for Drones

In the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) world, nothing has been more critical to public policy than Remote ID. This system would enable...

Senate Committee Approves Several Aviation Bills

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on December 11 approved five aviation-related pieces of legislation. War...

House Hearing Cites Faulty FAA Risk Calculations on 737 MAX

Another hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week looked more deeply at decisions made by the...

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