Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


White House budget request revives EAS debate
The White House in its FY2020 budget request indicated plans to reform the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, opening up a schism between the Trump administration and rural airport operators who depend on the pre-deregulation-era program to make sure carriers continue flying to their communities.
US and Europe take different tacks on regulatory interference 
The US DOT's regulatory reform is designed to save billions and end costly rules that do not enhance safety. Europe has stiff protections for passengers.
A4A urges Congress to reject proposed fee increases 
Airlines for America (A4A) is urging Congress to reject proposed fee hikes on air travel that were included in the White House’s recently released budget request for FY2020.
Boeing 737 MAX 8
DOT secretary Chao asks for IG review of 737 MAX certification process 
US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao on March 19 requested the Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiate a probe to review the process FAA used to certify the Boeing 737 MAX as safe prior to the two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
White House nominates former Delta exec for next FAA administrator
The White House confirmed March 19 that US President Donald Trump will nominate former Delta Air Lines executive and pilot Stephen Dickson to head the FAA, ending a 15-month stretch for the agency without a permanent leader.
US senators want passenger surveillance data from airlines
US Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) are asking US airlines to provide information about whether they use cameras to monitor passengers, following a report by CNN in March that raised questions about the tiny cameras passengers have spotted in IFE systems
DOT investigating FAA certification of 737 MAX
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating FAA’s certification process for Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, adding to mounting pressure on the agency and the manufacturer following the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.
UK, US sign aviation agreement for ‘no-deal’ Brexit 
A series of bilateral aviation safety agreements reached by the US and UK governments would ensure that cooperation on air travel and aviation safety remains mostly unchanged in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.
TSA may get $7.8 billion in funding for fiscal 2020
The Trump Administration is seeking to send $51.7 billion to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY2020, a 5% increase over the previous year’s enacted level, according to estimates released by the Office of Management and Budget on March 11.
Trump and US senators weigh in on MAX safety
Several US senators are urging the FAA to follow the lead of countries including China, Germany and France by temporarily grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8s, following the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 10.
White House asks for $17.1 billion to fund FAA in FY2020
The Trump administration is requesting $17.1 billion to fund the FAA in FY2020, down from the roughly $17.5 billion appropriated for the agency in 2019, according to the White House’s budget request released March 11.
Sen. Ted Cruz urges US air traffic control modernization
US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called on aviation stakeholders to re-examine the pros and cons of air traffic control (ATC) modernization.
Elwell: FAA faces ‘unprecedented challenge’ to implement multiyear bill
Acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell said the agency faces an “unprecedented challenge” implementing the multi-year FAA reauthorization act passed by the US Congress in October, adding that the comprehensive bill “contained everything that everyone and anyone ever wanted to do with the FAA and the aviation system.”
American Airlines Boeing 737-800
DOT fines American, Delta for extensive tarmac delays
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Feb. 28 handed down fines of $1 million to American Airlines and $750,000 to Delta Air Lines for subjecting passengers to extended tarmac delays at airports across the US over the last several years.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Peter DeFazio
ACI-NA study finds $128 billion in unmet US airport infrastructure needs
A new study from the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) documented $128 billion in unmet infrastructure needs and a debt burden totaling $91.6 billion from past projects at US and Canadian airports, reflecting what ACI-NA described in a statement as the “terminally challenged” state of North American airport infrastructure.
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