All posts for the month July, 2011

The “New Math”

By Jane Calderwood When it rains it pours.  Today the Air Transport Association (ATA) ran an ad in CQ Today – a Hill staffer’s daily bible – which claims that $60.74, a “big chunk” of a $300 plane ticket from Peoria via Chicago to Raleigh/Durham, is “going to Washington.” The $60.74 they cite is made [...]

ACI-NA Urges Both Chambers to Pass a ‘Clean’ FAA Extension

By Morgan Dye Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato today again urged the congressional leadership on the transportation committee in both chambers to pass a “clean” extension of the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) operating authority. In his letters, Principato stressed that the airport industry is deeply concerned as we are now on the [...]

House Hearing Bashes EU Emissions Trading Scheme

By Diane Peterson This morning the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled, The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme: A Violation of International Law.   The hearing follows up on the bipartisan legislation introduced last week by Committee and Aviation Subcommittee leadership directing the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. aircraft [...]

Do As I Say…

By Jane Calderwood On July 14 the Air Transport Association issued a statement opposing any increase in aviation passenger taxes.  According to ATA President and CEO Nick Calio, “The industry already pays more than its fair share of taxes…” He did, to his credit, go on to point out that it is the passenger who [...]

The Countdown is Over & the Shutdown is On

By Jane Calderwood Congress failed today in its efforts to reach agreement on an extension of FAA’s operating authority, therefore the FAA will begin shutdown procedures at midnight.  Earlier this afternoon, Kate Lang, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Airports held a conference call to update airports on the shutdown of “non-essential” [...]

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