Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network

Ben Goldstein covers the the politics of the US airline industry. Prior to joining Aviation Week Network in Spring 2018, he worked in writing/communications roles at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. He graduated with a master's degree in political communication from American University in 2017. 


CEOs of US airlines, Qatar Airways meet with Trump on subsidy issue 
CEOs of several major US carriers and Qatar Airways met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence July 18 to discuss accusations that Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been unfairly subsidizing their respective state-sponsored airlines.
US lawmakers want to eliminate cap on airport passenger facility fees 
Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the federal cap on the passenger facility charge (PFC) that US airports use to finance infrastructure projects.
US House panel to consider aviation security legislation
US lawmakers will consider legislation July 17 addressing aspects of aviation security ranging from trusted traveler programs to screening of veterans and pregnant women.
US airports concerned about possible firefighting foam liabilities
US airport executives are concerned that a provision in a defense spending bill passed by the US House will expose airport operators to “costly litigation and cleanup efforts” if the measure becomes law.
ICAO urged to modernize pilot training standards
Some US lawmakers are urging FAA to press ICAO into changing airline pilot licensing and training procedures so they take advanced automated cockpit systems into account.
US Senate panel advances FAA nominee Dickson
The US Commerce Committee voted along party lines to advance Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the FAA, setting the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor over whistleblower allegations that surfaced recently regarding his tenure as Delta Air Lines SVP-flight operations.
New US House bill targets ‘flag of convenience’ carriers 
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers assembled on the lawn of the US Capitol July 10 alongside union officials representing pilots, flight attendants and technicians to announce legislation that would renew stalled efforts to target “flag of convenience” carriers.
Key US Senate Democrat opposes FAA nominee Dickson
The leading Democrat on the US senate panel considering Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the FAA said she will vote against him when the Commerce Committee takes up his nomination July 10, citing a “lack of candor” regarding his involvement in a whistleblower complaint during his tenure as SVP-flight operations at Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.
New round of FAA airport funds includes $65 million to Chicago O’Hare 
FAA has announced plans to award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants to hundreds of US airports, the second tranche of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding appropriated by Congress for FY2019.
US aircraft mechanics seek stronger oversight of foreign repair stations 
Four unions representing US aviation safety inspectors and mechanics wrote to Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao urging the Department to implement three long-delayed Congressional directives intended to boost oversight of foreign repair stations that work on US aircraft.
US legislators want to close TSA security gaps, improve covert testing
The chairmen of two US House committees overseeing aviation security have introduced legislation that would require TSA to implement an improved covert testing program to identify security gaps in its screening process.
US, Argentina update air transport agreement
The governments of the US and Argentina have signed a protocol modernizing the 1985 Air Transport Agreement between the two countries, paving the way for increased competition and service to more destinations in the US-Argentina market.
Dickson defends Delta tenure amid whistleblower allegations
Steve Dickson, the nominee to be the next permanent administrator of the FAA, is defending his decision not to disclose to federal lawmakers an administrative complaint alleging whistleblower retaliation that he was deposed in during his tenure as Delta Air Lines SVP-flight operations.
US House approves $17.7 billion FAA spending package
The US House of Representatives on June 25 approved a spending package that would send $17.7 billion to the FAA, providing a 20% boost to aviation safety funding that House appropriators say will enable the agency to hire and train more inspectors, technicians and engineers.
TSA: Diversion of border personnel will not affect aviation security
The head of the TSA told US House lawmakers that the diversion of agency personnel to the US-Mexico border “will have no effect on aviation security whatsoever,” adding, “We have baseline aviation security that we do not go below.”
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