U.S. politicians are poised to provoke Europe to take retaliatory action if they press through a proposal in the U.S. Congress to require the Federal Aviation Administration to inspect foreign repair stations twice a year, according to the head of the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association. “We have great concern about that aspect of the FAA reauthorization bill,” said AIA president and CEO Marion Blakey.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is panning the Commerce Department’s proposal–released on Thursday–to close the National Weather Service center weather service units (CWSU) at each of the 20 air route traffic control centers in the continental U.S. According to Natca, these forecast units provide real-time, face-to-face weather guidance to air traffic controllers and air traffic management supervisors.
The Obama Administration will appoint two mediators to resolve the long-simmering contract dispute between the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) and the FAA.
Even though the nation’s airlines are playing nice with general aviation over the contentious question of user fees, the Obama Administration has clearly signaled that it wants to fund the FAA with more user fees in Fiscal Year 2011.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced late last week that the Obama Administration will appoint two mediators to resolve the long-simmering contract dispute between the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) and the FAA.
The White House announced Friday that former Air Line Pilots Association president Randy Babbitt has been nominated to become the next FAA Administrator for a five-year term. The appointment still has to be approved by the full Senate. Since Marion Blakey completed her term as FAA Administrator in 2007, the agency has been operating under two acting administrators.
Air Transport Association president and CEO James May suggested last month that if the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is fast-tracked like the Interstate Highway System was a half century ago, many of the promised benefits could be fully operational within five years.
Air Transport Association president and CEO James May suggested yesterday that if the Next Generation Air Transportation System is fast-tracked like the Interstate Highway System was a half century ago, many of the promised benefits could be operational within five years.
Representatives of the U.S. aerospace industry, academia and federal government agencies urged the Aerospace States Association (ASA) last week to pursue its “Call to Action” for the nation to focus on U.S. aerospace competitiveness by encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education.
Despite the worldwide economic maelstrom, total sales for the U.S. aerospace industry were on pace to reach $204 billion for 2008, a new record for the fifth straight year.
Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey said during the annual AIA year-end review and forecast in December that while the industry has not been immune to effects of the ongoing global financial crisis, it is showing relative strength.