Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network


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JetBlue to fly from New York and Boston to London in 2021 
JetBlue Airways intends to launch multiple daily flights to London from its New York and Boston hubs, marking the New York-based carrier’s first foray into the crowded transatlantic market.
Chao defends FAA ODA program, MAX certification
US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao defended the FAA’s practice of delegating certain safety and certification activities to manufacturers in the wake of the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, telling lawmakers the program is “not a self-certification process.”
American lowers 1Q guidance on MAX grounding, flight cancellations
American Airlines is trimming its revenue outlook for the first quarter, citing financial costs and disruptions related to the grounding of the company’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and the temporary removal of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft for maintenance.
FAA defends qualifications of US MAX aviation safety inspectors
FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell on April 4 defended the qualifications of US FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) involved with the Flight Standardization Board (FSB) for the Boeing 737 MAX 8, saying that “all of the flight inspectors who participated in the [FSB] certification activities were fully qualified.”
FAA joint task force to scrutinize Boeing MAX certification 
FAA is launching a joint task force with NASA and international regulators into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and its maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), part of an effort to “ensure the safety” of the jetliner, the agency announced April 3.
TSA urged to improve officer hiring, training
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could boost retention and morale of its 34,200 entry-level officers by making key changes in hiring and training efforts, according to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG).
US Senate to investigate certification of FAA safety inspectors
Federal lawmakers in the US are examining training standards of FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) who may have participated in the development of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, adding to the overlapping list of federal and congressional probes into the jetliner’s development and certification.
FAA asked to temporarily suspend Boeing from rulemaking committee 
US Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) is urging the FAA to temporarily suspend Boeing from a rulemaking advisory committee, describing the manufacturer’s inclusion on the panel as a “potential conflict of interest” amid continuing investigations into the 737 MAX.
US lawmakers urge DOT to probe pilot training, cockpit automation
US lawmakers, determined to leave no stone unturned as they push for answers in the aftermath of two Boeing 737 MAX crashes in five months, have asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) auditor to investigate pilot training, with emphasis on cockpit automation and international standards.
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.
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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
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