Monthly Archives: September 2008

GAO Issues Report To House Committee on Transportation Regarding FAA’s Issuance of Medical Certification Decisions

The Government Accountability Office issued a report to the Chairman of the U.S House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure entitled “FAA Has Taken Steps to Determine That It Has Made Correct Medical Certification Decisions” on September 30, 2008. In 2005, a … Continue reading

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House Aviation Subcommittee Conducts Hearing on Runway Safety

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation met on September 25, 2008 to receive testimony on runway safety.  This hearing was a follow-up to the Subcommittee’s February 13th hearing.  Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) stated in his opening remarks that although the … Continue reading

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FAA Proposes to Have Airports Include a List of Based Aircraft On All AIP Grant Applications

On September 8, 2008, the FAA published a notice in the Federal Register (73 Fed.Reg. 52074) that it is proposing to modify the standard grant application requirements that are required of a sponsor of a non-primary airport before receiving a … Continue reading

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The “Tragedy of the Commons” and Airport Congestion Management

In 1968, Garrett Hardin, a professor of Human Ecology at University of California at Santa Barbara, wrote an influential article for the journal Science that described a dilemma in which multiple individuals acting independently in their own self-interest can ultimately … Continue reading

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U.S. House Subcommittee Investigates Alleged Regulatory Lapses in the Certification and Manufacture of the Eclipse EA-500

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL), Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee remarked in his opening statement that it is: “inexcusable and unacceptable to ignore rules, regulations and standard practices to accommodate those you have responsibility to regulate especially when you have people’s lives … Continue reading

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Plan Now, If You Plan to Sell Later: Restrictions on Use of Airport Revenues

If you own a commercial airport that has accepted federal grants and you have sold all or part of the airport’s property, you, no doubt are aware of the provisions of 49 U.S.C. § 47107(l)(5)(A). That provision of the Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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Recent Court Decisions Since April, 2008, Regarding Aviation and Airport Development Law

Here are a few court  decisions that have come down since April, 2008, regarding aviation and airport development law: Aerial Banners, Inc. v. F.A.A., 11th Circuit, Case No. 08-10042 (August 26, 2008). The Federal Aviation Administration grants waivers of certain … Continue reading

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