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 Inspector General Criticizes FAA’s Past Attempts at Reform

January 28, 2016 At the request of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and the...

CBO Projects Aviation Trust Fund Balances Will Continue To Build

January 28, 2016 The Congressional Budget Office’s new revenue baseline projects that demand for passenger air travel will...

Battle Lines Shaping Up on Air Traffic Control Restructuring in FAA Reauth. Bill

January 28, 2016 Legislators and stakeholder groups supporting and opposing a fundamental restructuring of U.S. air traffic control...

A History of Air Traffic Control Provision in the United States

January 22, 2016 (Ed. Note: Since the House will soon be considering legislation that will fundamentally restructure the way in which...

House T&I Chairman Says Panel Will Move Forward on FAA Reform

January 14, 2016 Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-PA) office notified...

1966 (Jan.) Boyd Response to McKee Paper

This is a January 10, 1966 "Eyes-Only" memo from Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation Alan S. Boyd to White House domestic...

Preventing Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

No one can deny that drones (officially known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) are one of the hottest Christmas list items out...

With 2015 Complete, FAA Reauthorization Looms Early in 2016

December 22, 2015  The First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress has come to an end, with the House and Senate...

FAA Mandatory Drone Registration Website Now Live

December 22, 2015 With everyone’s brand new drones neatly wrapped and waiting underneath Christmas trees across the country, the...

1965 (Dec.) FAA Administrator McKee’s Views on DOT Creation

December 20, 1965 confidential memo from FAA Administrator William F. "Bozo" McKee in opposition to the creation of a Department of...

FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations – TSA, Coast Guard and FEMA Security Grant Table

Table showing PPA-level funding in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill for the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S....

Omnibus FY16 Bill Provides $76 Billion for USDOT

December 16, 2015 At 1:34 a.m. this morning, House leaders finally released the text of the 2,009-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus...

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