Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced this afternoon that Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise that will allow temporary funding of the FAA through mid-September and end a two-week partial shutdown of the agency.
Lawmakers from both houses of Congress have joined the battle over the Department of Transportation’s decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, with 26 senators and 33 representatives telling DOT Secretary Ray LaHood in separate letters that it is “a troubling reversal of a decade-old policy” established to uphold the privacy rights of Americans.
When three Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced a 21st extension of FAA programs and funding containing a policy provision that cuts Essential Air Service (EAS) passenger subsidies to 13 airports, it set off a firestorm in Congress and inside the Beltway. Probably passengers who use the affected airports were not too happy either.
For the first time in the history of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), a sitting Department of Transportation Secretary attended the group’s annual convention this year.
The Regional Airline Association has scheduled Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the exhibit hall Tuesday afternoon at the Nashville Convention Center, site of this year’s annual RAA convention.
Spearheading a rally of more than 2,000 general aviation workers in Wichita in March, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturing to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base, and promised a visit to “the air capital of the world” from the President next year.
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced last night that the FAA has fired two air traffic controllers after several cases of questionable behavior led to the suspension of nine controllers, several of whom the agency placed under investigation for sleeping on the job.
“Even in a down cycle [the general aviation industry] still creates $4.9 billion in exports. That’s extraordinary,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told more than 2,000 general aviation workers, elected officials and industry leaders gathered in Wichita yesterday for a GA rally hosted at Cessna Aircraft’s campus.
For those who manage the nation’s airports, the message coming out of their annual Washington Legislative Conference last month was one of gloom and doom.
Speakers warned attendees that House Republicans’ pledge to slash more than $32 billion from agency budgets over the next few months could affect everything from NextGen ATC modernization to the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC), whose membership represents a cross section of the aviation industry, last month presented Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with a list of recommendations aimed at ensuring the strength, competitiveness and safety of U.S. aviation.