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.

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...

Bridging the Gap: Sustaining UAS Progress While Pursuing a Permanent Regulatory Framework

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) offer a stunning range of capabilities to connect people with goods and services that may normally be...

Webinar: Sustaining UAS Progress While Pursuing a Permanent Regulatory Framework

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can potentially offer a wide range of capabilities and connect people with goods and services. They can...

Airports, Some Transit Agencies Slow to Spend COVID Relief Money

New data from the federal government shows that not all airports and transit agencies needed the federal coronavirus aid provided by...

Labor Unions Ask USDOT for Mandated Passenger Face Masks

On July 27, Larry Willis, the President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), sent a letter on behalf of TTD’s 33...

New Senate COVID Bill Gives Another $10B for Airports but Nothing for State DOTs, Transit Agencies

Senate Republicans have released the bill text of their latest coronavirus response legislation this evening, in piecemeal fashion. The...

Senate Panel Approves Two Airport Funding Bills

As part of its July 22 executive session, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved two bills related to...

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,...

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