Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network
US lawmaker calls for security review following Sea-Tac plane theft
The crash of a stolen Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop Aug. 10 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is drawing scrutiny from US lawmakers about aviation security and airport employee screening.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest Airlines updates service & support animal policies
Southwest Airlines has updated its policies governing passengers traveling with service and support animals.
Aviation groups to US Senate: Adopt long-term FAA reauthorization
A coalition of 30 organizations representing a cross-section of the US aviation industry is appealing the leadership of the US Senate to move expeditiously to consider legislation for a long-term reauthorization of the FAA, before current authorization for the agency expires on Sept. 30.
Aviation groups to US Senate: Do not include noise mandates in FAA bill
A coalition of aviation stakeholders is urging the leadership of the US Senate Commerce Committee to refrain from attaching additional amendments regulating aircraft noise to the chamber’s version of the FAA reauthorization bill.
US Senate approves FAA budget of $17.7 billion for FY2019
The US Senate approved a $17.7 billion FY2019 budget for the FAA Aug. 1.
TSA: Not considering reducing security screening at smaller airports
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is disputing reports the agency is considering curbing passenger screening at more than 150 small- and medium-sized airports across the US.
Sen. Duckworth: ‘90% sure’ US Senate will vote soon on FAA bill
US Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Wisconsin) said she was “90% sure” Congress would pass legislation reauthorizing the FAA before its Oct. 1 deadline, and said the Senate could take up the bill following next week’s recess during a speech at the Air Line Pilots’ Association (ALPA) Air Safety Forum in Washington DC.
TSA scanners could let US travelers keep liquids, laptops in carry-on
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on July 30 announced plans to roll out computed tomography scanners (CT) at a host of airports in cities across the US.
TSA ‘Quiet Skies’ program secretly monitors US passenger behavior
US Federal Air Marshals since 2010 have been secretly surveilling passengers and reporting on suspicious inflight behavior, even though those being monitored do not appear on any terrorism watch-list and are not suspected of committing a crime.
US GAO criticizes TSA training for lack of performance goals
A new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to set specific goals and measures for its training of security officers.
Shuster: US Senate needs to ‘act now’ on FAA bill
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, stressed the urgency of passing long-term legislation reauthorizing the FAA, and repeatedly called on the Senate to pass its version of the bill at a July 24 meeting of the Aero Club of Washington DC.
US House bill gives protection from threatening UAVs 
A bill introduced in the US House on July 17 by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) would provide the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) authorities to protect buildings and people from threatening unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
EU transport chief warns against rising nationalism 
Henrik Hololei, the European Commission’s DG for mobility and transport—known as MOVE—has warned against a reverse “to a purely nationalist agenda,” and cautioned that Western nations risk undermining their leadership role in global aviation.
US House FAA bill would set minimum airline seat size requirements 
A provision tucked into the US House’s FAA reauthorization bill would require the agency to regulate airline seat sizes.
US lawmakers blast FAA’s oversight of foreign repair stations 
Two US Democrat congressmen have accused FAA or failing to implement mandatory drug and alcohol testing for workers at foreign aircraft repair stations.
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Aug 21, 2018

Why US Senate should not add flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill

The US lawmaking system depends on the to-and-fro of amendment additions. But Section 530, a provision hitched to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, should it become law, is a particularly egregious proposal that has grave implications for the 120 US Open Skies agreements....More
Aug 14, 2018

Could surprises be the next revenue generator?

Airlines are constantly looking for positive, rather than punitive, ways of growing their revenue. Could mystery flights and celebration treats be part of the answer?...More
Aug 11, 2018

Extraordinary professionalism of Seattle air traffic controllers

There are lots of questions to be answered about Friday night’s bizarre incident in Seattle when a Horizon Air employee stole and crashed a Q400, but for now let’s acknowledge the incredible job done by the Air National Guard pilots and the air traffic controllers who handled the situation....More

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