Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
US senators urge FAA to improve contract tower program funding
A group of 35 US senators have signed onto a bipartisan letter urging the FAA to implement a provision from the FAA Reauthorization Bill that will enhance funding for air traffic control (ATC) facilities at rural and small airports across the country.
US airport execs urge airlines to stop opposing user fee hikes
A group representing US airport executives has renewed calls for airlines to end their “short-sighted opposition” to raising the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap, arguing that record high revenues from ancillary fees undercuts carriers’ stance against lifting the user fee.
FAA extends ban on US flights over Syria through 2020
FAA has extended a prohibition on US flights over Syria until Dec. 30, 2020, citing the “threat to civil aviation from the multifaceted conflict and extremist threat, and militant activity.”
IATA: Passenger demand rebounds to 6.3% in October
Annual growth in global passenger demand rebounded to 6.3% in October from an eight-month low of 5.5% in September, although the upward trend in demand has slowed over the past six months, according to IATA.
Moody’s: Airport enplanement growth will slow in 2019
US airports can expect to see a 3.2% growth in enplanements in 2019, a solid level but well short of the 5.4% year-to-date rate recorded in 2018, according to analysts from Moody’s, who predict the US economy will grow 2.3% next year.
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8
US senators call for probe of Qatar Airways’ support of Air Italy
A group of 11 senators have called on the US government to examine whether Qatar Airways’ financial support for Air Italy may violate a commitment by the state-owned airline not to conduct fifth freedom flights to the US.
Mesa Air Group FY2018 net profit up 1.5% on improved aircraft utilization
Mesa Air Group, the holding company for Phoenix-based regional carrier Mesa Airlines, reported net income of $33.3 million for FY2018, up 1.5% from the $32.8 million recorded during FY2017.
US consumer groups slam DOT panel picks 
A coalition of consumer and passengers’ rights groups has come out in opposition to two of US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao’s recent appointees to the Department’s four-person Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC).
SITA: Cybersecurity efforts hindered by lack of resources, funds 
While airlines and airports have stepped up their cybersecurity efforts in recent years, a shortage of resources, skills and funding is holding back efforts at enhancing protection from cyberattacks in the aviation sector, according to SITA's report, “Air Transport Cybersecurity Insights 2018.”
JetBlue urges DOT to reject Air France-KLM, Delta, Virgin joint venture 
JetBlue Airways is opposing a request by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM seeking antitrust immunity (ATI) from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a new transatlantic joint venture (JV).
IATA urges Africa to reduce aviation taxes, fees
IATA CEO and DG Alexandre de Juniac called on African governments to lower taxes and fees on aviation, calling the continent “an expensive place for airlines to do business.”
US watchdog report shows mixed picture on passenger satisfaction
While data from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) shows improvement in airline customer service over the past decade, passenger complaints to the agency have increased over 10% during the same period, according to a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Airbus predicts Russian, CIS fleet to double by 2037
Traffic growth in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will generate demand for more than 1,200 new aircraft over the next two decades, more than doubling the size of the region’s fleet by 2037, according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, unveiled at the Wings of Future conference in Moscow Nov. 20.
American Airlines Boeing 767-300
American Airlines’ pilots want to begin labor negotiations
The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents 15,000 American Airlines pilots, has formally requested to enter negotiations with the airline’s management on a new labor contract.
Leadership changes coming to US transportation committees
The committees charged with overseeing transportation issues in the US will both undergo a series of leadership changes when the next Congress commences in January.
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Dec 13, 2018

Putting promises into action

Africa has been trying to liberalize its skies for the past 30 years. Lots of promises have been signed – some of them legally binding – but barriers still remain. When will the continent move from bureaucracy to action?...More
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More

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