Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


US lawmakers propose $17.7 billion for FAA in FY2020
The US House Appropriations transportation subcommittee is seeking to send $17.7 billion to FAA in FY2020, $267 million more than the 2019 enacted level and $614 million above the Trump administration’s budget request.
US legislators' concern grows over TSA wait-time impacts of diversions
The leadership of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is growing increasingly concerned about TSA’s plans to divert hundreds of transportation security officers (TSO) and federal air marshals (FAM) to assist hundreds of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers already stationed at the Southwest border to address a surge of migrants there.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest mechanics ratify new labor contract
Mechanics for Southwest Airlines, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have voted to ratify a new contract through 2024, ending more than six years of contentious negotiations that led to multiple rounds of public finger-pointing and lawsuits between the two sides.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900
Delta CEO responds to Sanders’ criticism of anti-union campaign
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian on May 22 pushed back against recent criticism from US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and other Congressional Democrats who have alleged the Atlanta-based carrier has engaged in a targeted campaign to intimidate flight attendants and ramp workers from unionizing.
A4A: Diverting TSA, CBP agents to border ‘not sustainable’
Airlines for America (A4A) said monitoring a planned diversion of hundreds of US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from US airports to the southwestern border will be the industry trade group’s top policy priority during the peak summer travel season.
American sues mechanic unions over alleged work slowdown
American Airlines is suing the unions representing most of its mechanics, alleging that union officers and members have engaged in a deliberate work slowdown to gain leverage during ongoing contract negotiations.
FAA urges caution over Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman
The FAA has issued a warning for carriers to avoid flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, citing an increasing risk to civil aviation operations because of the potential for “miscalculation or mis-identification” of aircraft by armed forces in the region.
Envoy Air Embraer E140/145.
American Airlines urged to offer ‘living wage’ to Envoy agents
A group of US Democratic senators are calling on American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker to provide “livable, family-sustaining wages” to passenger service agents at American-owned regional subsidiary Envoy Air.
US approves $779 million in more funding for airport infrastructure
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced plans to distribute $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
US DOT proposes 12 Tokyo Haneda routes to four airlines 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed 12 tentative daytime slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to four US carriers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.
Plan to divert TSA agents to Southwest border causes concern
US members of Congress and airport stakeholders reacted with apprehension to reports that TSA will divert hundreds of agents from airports to the southwestern border with Mexico to deal with a surge of migrant crossings, following separate Customs and Border Protection (CBP) diversions of hundreds of CBP Officers to the US-Mexico border earlier in May.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A321
IAM files charges against Delta over anti-union campaign
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed charges with the US National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines, alleging the Atlanta-based carrier’s anti-union activities violate Delta employees’ right to unionize “free from interference, influence or coercion exercised by the carrier.”
DOT suspends US, Venezuela services on safety, security concerns
US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao on May 15 ordered an immediate suspension of all passenger and cargo operations between US and Venezuelan airports, citing “deteriorating conditions” in the country that “threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew.”
FAA chief nominee Dickson defends ODA program
FAA administrator nominee Stephen Dickson defended the FAA’s practice of delegating certain safety and certification functions to manufacturers.
US DOT IG calls Civil Aviation Registry ‘outdated and inefficient’
The FAA has yet to develop a plan for modernizing its Civil Aviation Registry—despite being required to complete upgrades by October 2021—according to a new audit report from the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG).
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