Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
Senators introduce bipartisan bill to fund aeronautics R&D
Senate Aerospace Caucus co-chairs Mark Warner (D–Virginia) and Jerry Moran (R–Kansas) on May 24 introduced a bipartisan bill to advance research and development in the aeronautics industry.
DOT funding bill heads to US House floor
Members of the US House Committee on Appropriations have attached a host of amendments to the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill, before sending it to the full House for an expected vote in upcoming weeks.
FAA acting administrator: ‘Era of red tape is over’ 
FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell called for the agency to embrace innovation and emerging technology by forming partnerships with industry and entrepreneurial organizations during a speech at the International Aviation Club (IAC) of Washington DC.
US economist says Open Skies should not be sought with “foe” China
A US-China Open Skies agreement is an unlikely prospect in the near future, a Washington panel agreed Monday, but some welcomed the principle of such an agreement while one US economist said China should be treated “like we treated the Soviet Union.”
Secret TSA watch list targets combative, unruly passengers
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created a watch list of people who act unruly and combative at airport checkpoints, according to an unsealed directive reviewed May 17 by the New York Times.
US Senate bill would allow government to track and destroy drones
A bipartisan group of senators in the US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has introduced legislation to expand the federal government’s powers to act against drones deemed threatening to the public.
UK’s NATS takes 10% stake in US-based Aireon
UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS became the fifth ANSP to take an equity stake in Aireon, the space-based aircraft surveillance provider that is expected to begin live operations of some of its services later this year.
WTO rules EU failed to stop A350, A380 subsidies; both sides claim win 
In the long-running subsidies spat between Airbus and Boeing, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has determined in a first ruling that the European Union (EU) failed to stop illegal subsidies used to support the Airbus A380 and A350 programs.
US lawmakers propose bill to expand aviation maintenance workforce
A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the US House have introduced a bill to expand the ranks of skilled aviation maintenance technicians in the US.
US Senators question FAA UAS director on privacy issues
US Senators from both parties lamented the lack of privacy protections under current FAA guidelines for operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS), possibly paving the way for future legislative action.
Drone ID in airspace a key concern, US lawmakers told
US lawmakers, grappling with the rapid proliferation of drones and how to safely integrate them into the commercial airspace, sought expert insight at a Senate hearing May 8.
Ruling in WTO case against Airbus expected next week
World Trade Organization (WTO) appeals judges are expected to hand down a long-anticipated decision on the dispute between the US and European Union (EU) over whether EU payments to Airbus constitute illegal subsidies.
ICAO joins forces with United Nations on airport security
ICAO has signed an MOU with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to cooperate on international air transport security.
FAA begins expanding drone airspace authorization system
FAA has started a nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), a system that will streamline its process of granting drone operators permission to fly near airports.
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