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Ben Goldstein

Reporter, Congressional & Regulatory Affairs,
Aviation Week Network

Ben Goldstein covers the the politics of the US airline industry. Prior to joining Aviation Week Network in Spring 2018, he worked in writing/communications roles at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General. He graduated with a master's degree in political communication from American University in 2017. 

US House approves $17.7 billion FAA spending package
The US House of Representatives on June 25 approved a spending package that would send $17.7 billion to the FAA, providing a 20% boost to aviation safety funding that House appropriators say will enable the agency to hire and train more inspectors, technicians and engineers.
TSA: Diversion of border personnel will not affect aviation security
The head of the TSA told US House lawmakers that the diversion of agency personnel to the US-Mexico border “will have no effect on aviation security whatsoever,” adding, “We have baseline aviation security that we do not go below.”
Border crisis, staffing shortage disrupt US Global Entry program
US Customs and Border Protection will cancel some Global Entry program interviews through the end of the fiscal year as CBP officers are diverted to respond to a surge in migrant arrivals at the southwestern US border.
US and non-US airlines avoid Iranian airspace after FAA ban 
Passenger and Cargo airlines around the world are re-routing their flights into and over the Middle East after FAA issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) banning US-based civil aircraft from flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, citing “inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations and potential for miscalculation or misidentification.”
FAA announces upcoming rulemakings on civil supersonic flight 
FAA has announced plans to initiate two rulemakings aimed at simplifying the regulatory barriers to supersonic commercial air travel.
Retired airline captain ‘Sully’ urges simulator training for 737 MAX pilots 
Retired pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who gained fame after he landed a US Airways Airbus A320 in the Hudson River off Manhattan in 2009, told US House lawmakers that pilots flying the Boeing 737 MAX should receive additional Level D full flight simulator (FFS) training.
American Airlines and flight attendants still in dispute 
A three-day arbitration proceeding between American Airlines and its flight attendants has expired without conclusion, setting the stage for the dispute over the company’s attendance policy to drag on.
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Federal judge orders American Airlines’ mechanics to end work slowdown
A federal judge in Northern Texas has issued a temporary restraining order instructing the unions representing American Airlines’ mechanics to end their support for an alleged work slowdown that the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier claims has resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations since February.
US House panel to hold second Boeing 737 MAX hearing June 19
The US House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will hold its second hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX June 19, which will feature testimony from groups representing airlines, pilots and flight attendants.
US House committee advances $7.9 billion TSA budget
A $7.9 billion TSA budget that would expedite the procurement of more effective imaging technology in FY2020 was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 11, paving the way for a full floor vote in coming weeks.
US airlines file complaint over fuel pipeline operator’s rates
Major US carriers have filed a complaint with federal regulators to seek reimbursement from Buckeye Pipe Line Co., alleging the company’s rates for shipping jet fuel from its Linden, New Jersey, refinery to New York-area airports “are not just or reasonable.”
Lawmakers advance $17.7 billion FAA budget proposal
The US House Appropriations Committee has approved legislation granting $17.7 billion to FAA in FY2020, advancing the bill to the full chamber where it is scheduled to be taken up later in June.
US government further limits non-family Cuba travel
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) moved to further limit non-family travel to Cuba as part of an administration-wide effort to assert greater pressure on the country over its human rights record and support for the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.
Senate committee reviews lawsuit allegations on FAA nominee
The Senate panel considering the nomination of former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson to head the FAA is reviewing allegations from a previously undisclosed lawsuit that allege Delta management engaged in retaliation against a pilot in 2016, while Dickson was serving as SVP-flight operations.
US congressman to introduce bill on aircraft maintenance disclosure
US Rep. John Garamendi (D-California), a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, plans to re-introduce legislation this summer that would require carriers to disclose more information about their maintenance activities to the public.
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Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More
Jun 20, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

The fourth and final trade show day saw a handful of additional Airbus narrowbody orders or conversions, closing a show that was relatively light on new airliner order numbers—as anticipated—but which still delivered some surprises....More
Jun 19, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs

Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody....More

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