Government

February 8, 2012 - 4:15am

A nonprofit digital rights advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, demanding its constituent agency, the FAA, release information on who is operating or applying to operate unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace. The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) alleges that the FAA “wrongfully withheld” information sought through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

February 2, 2012 - 3:10pm

NBAA has applauded a strongly worded letter from two high-ranking U.S. government officials to European Union president Manuel Barroso, warning that Washington will take “appropriate action” if the EU continues demanding that aircraft registered in the U.S.

January 4, 2012 - 3:15pm

The U.S. aviation industry won’t be getting a final rule on the aircraft repair station security issue until the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced. The issue dates back to a 2004 public meeting held by the TSA in response to the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Act passed by Congress in 2003.

The DHS made the announcement after 20 industry leaders sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of last year.

December 26, 2011 - 10:00am
The European Union could face trade sanctions over the emissions trading scheme

The European Union (EU) appears to be on a political collision course with the United States and other leading nations after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg blocked an appeal by Airlines for America (A4A) against the imposition of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) on non-European airlines.

December 23, 2011 - 9:30am
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a target for cutback or cancellation.

In mid-December the U.S. Congress authorized $662 billion in defense spending for fiscal 2012, trimming $27 billion from President Obama’s request in probably the last budget before deeper, more painful, cuts are required by the Budget Control Act passed in August.

December 8, 2011 - 1:44pm
FAA and EU representatives sign agreement in March in Budapest.

Citing “continuing skepticism” among aviation industry stakeholders in both the U.S. and Europe, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the FAA provide more information on its efforts to align with Europe on ATC modernization.

November 17, 2011 - 3:49pm

The Transportation Security Administration suffers from bureaucratic morass and mismanagement, according to a staff report from two congressional committees.

November 16, 2011 - 12:45pm
globe with dollar sign

Here we go again. Three years after the bottom dropped out of the economy, and just months after a long, slow and painful climb toward recovery seemed to be producing results, the flooring is starting to feel awfully flimsy again.

November 2, 2011 - 2:40am

The U.S. and its allies in opposition to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are expected to step up political pressure on Europe after apparently failing to block the controversial cap-and-trade program on legal grounds.

October 28, 2011 - 10:33am
Marion Blakey

An economic impact analysis commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) predicts that more than one million jobs will be lost in the aerospace and defense industry, if the U.S. Congress fails to reach an agreement that would prevent automatic government spending cuts.

 
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