Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


Coalition urges US lawmakers to abandon flag of convenience provision
A coalition of airlines, airports and manufacturers wrote a letter to US lawmakers urging them to ditch a provision in the bill to reauthorize the FAA that would target so-called “flag of convenience” carriers, warning it would “undermine the basis for the Open Skies Agreements” that underpin the global aviation system.
Excessive regulation could restrict competition, US airline execs say 
CEOs from four major US passenger and freight carriers advocated for a light regulatory touch on matters of economics and innovation, saying heavy-handed regulation could reduce the competitiveness of US airlines.
US Treasury sanctions Thai firm with links to Iran’s Mahan Air
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Sept. 14 announced new sanctions targeting a Thai aviation firm accused of working with Iran’s Mahan Air, an airline previously designated for its role in ferrying fighters and weapons into Syria.
Chao calls on industry to help DOT resolve pilot shortage
US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao has called on a cross-section of aviation stakeholders to team up to tackle the ongoing dearth of qualified pilots, technicians and mechanics, saying that solving the aviation workforce shortage goes “beyond what government can do alone.”
Airlines for America (A4A) president and CEO Nicholas Calio
A4A chief to US Congress: ‘Act swiftly’ on FAA reauthorization
Airlines for America (A4A) president and CEO Nicholas Calio called on the US Congress to pass multi-year legislation reauthorization the FAA, adding that failure to do so would jeopardize the agency’s safety mission, as well as the airline industry’s ability to plan for the long term.
Cyberattack risk poses biggest threat to airports, aviation
A senior official from Tampa International Airport (TPA) told US lawmakers the risk of cyberattack “without question represents the preeminent and persistent threat” to global aviation.
US House passes bill to restrict TSA Pre-Check
The US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to ensure only travelers who have undergone required background and security checks are able to use TSA’s Pre-Check screening lanes.
Kjos: Blockchain technology could transform airline industry
Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos predicted the adoption of blockchain technology will have a “revolutionary impact” on the global airline industry, transforming everything from how passengers purchase tickets to how airlines store data.
US lawmakers question TSA chief on surveillance methods, technologies 
US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator David Pekoske defended the effectiveness of TSA’s controversial ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance program, calling it “critically important to our security” and telling lawmakers that it “does not take into account a traveler’s race or religion.”
FAA extension expected to last until year-end
With just 11 working days remaining for the US Congress to pass legislation reauthorizing the FAA, industry observers are expecting the most likely path forward to be another short-term extension that would last through the end of the year.
United raises baggage fees, following JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet
Chicago-based United Airlines became the latest North American carrier to raise checked bag fees, as airlines contend with lower revenues amid climbing prices for jet fuel.
IATA: record July load factor shows airlines' capacity efficiency
Global airline passenger traffic remained healthy in July, with traffic demand up 6.2% year-over-year as capacity rose 5.5%, leading to an 85.2% passenger load factor—a record for the month of July,
A4A: US airlines 1H profits fall on fuel, infrastructure challenges
With jet fuel prices continuing to climb, profitability for US commercial carriers declined in the first half of 2018, according to Washington DC-based Airlines for America (A4A).
Lawmakers likely to pass another short-term extension for FAA
With the deadline fast approaching for the US Congress to pass legislation reauthorizing the FAA, it appears increasingly likely that lawmakers will approve another short-term extension for the agency, according a source familiar with the matter.
US lawmakers want to shift aircraft noise abatement oversight to EPA 
Two US senators are seeking to move oversight of aircraft noise abatement from FAA to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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