Monthly Archives: February 2013

Airline merger hearing raises specter of fight to maintain cabotage, foreign ownership and control rules

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law subcommittee held a hearing on the pending merger of American and U.S. Airways.  While much of the conversation focused on the impact of the merger on prices and … Continue reading

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Questions expected on FAA reforms, TSA resources and sequester at Congressional hearings today

Federal Aviation (FAA)  Administrator Michael Huerta will testify today before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (which finally reauthorized the agency last year after 5 years of short term extensions).  … Continue reading

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FAA may close over 100 air traffic control facilities; eliminate overnight shifts as a result of sequester

As the sequester nears, agencies are releasing more details about the impact the automatic spending cuts would have on operations and workforce.  Today, the FAA released a list of more than 100 air traffic control facilities that may be closed … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Preclearance Facilities Must Benefit U.S. Economy, Airlines, and Workers

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) voiced its opposition yesterday to the inclusion of any authorization for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accept third party reimbursement for foreign Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities within the President’s … Continue reading

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Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction 2.0

Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and Erskine Bowles, Chief of Staff to former President Bill Clinton released an updated version of their plan to reduce the federal deficit.  The updated plan is not very specific, however, it says enough to … Continue reading

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Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Ayotte will lead Aviation Subcommittee

Congratulations to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who will serve as Chair and Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee in the 113th Congress. Sen. Cantwell also served as Chair of the subcommittee during the 112th … Continue reading

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FAA Airline Pilot Fatigue Analysis Flawed – Cost nominal to Create One Level of Safety

WASHINGTON–In a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) analysis of its new airline pilot fatigue rules, the administration has seriously overestimated the cost, and undervalued the benefits, of applying the flight- and duty-time restrictions and minimum rest requirements to all-cargo pilots, according … Continue reading

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More on the Sequester and its Impact on Aviation

According to a recent Congressional report, the impact of sequestration on our nation’s aviation system could be severe.  Previous reports have estimated that up to 5,000 flights per day could be cancelled and 12% of air traffic controllers laid off … Continue reading

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Take action on the Safe Skies Act – write Congress today!

Following the reintroduction of the Safe Skies Act, hundreds of ALPA pilots and citizens have written Congress to ask their representative to support one level of safety in our skies. Current fatigue rules set by the FAA create two different … Continue reading

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