Monthly Archives: February 2013

U.S. House’s Hearing On FAA Reform Act Turns Into Hearing On Sequester and Closing ATC Towers

On February 27, 2013, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled “Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act:  One Year Later.  Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), as … Continue reading


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Closing Air Traffic Control Towers As A Result of the Sequester Just the Latest Chapter of Ongoing Dilemma About Little Used Air Traffic Towers

On February 22, 2013, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta issued a two-page letter stating that in preparation for the budget sequestration the FAA “is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 … Continue reading

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FAA Is Audited YET AGAIN by DOT Inspector General for Its Progress With NextGen

When the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 was signed into law on February 14, 2012, it included provisions intended to advance the “Next Generation Air Transportation System” or “NextGen” as it has been called for several years now. … Continue reading

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ICAO Says It Is Making Progress on New Aircraft CO2 and Noise Standards

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection issued a press release on February 14, 2013, stating that it has “made important progress” on the aircraft certification procedures for a new CO2 standard for craft as well as … Continue reading

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Pittsfield Charter Township and Committee For Preserving Community Quality, Inc. File Petition with Secretary of Transportation Demanding an End to Funding for Runway Extension at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport

On January 28, 2013, Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, and Committee for Preserving Community Quality, Inc., filed a Petition with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation demanding an end to federal funding of an extension of the main runway at Ann Arbor … Continue reading

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FAA And Industry Are Advancing The Airline Safety Act, But Challenges Remain To Achieve Its Full Measure, Says DOT Inspector General

On January 31, 2013, the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress and challenges in implementing the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 entitled FAA and Industry … Continue reading

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Court of Justice of the European Union Requires Compensation for Volcano Cancelled Flights

The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered its final judgment in Case C-12/11, Denise McDonagh v Ryanair Ltd.  Full text of CJEU decision available here.  As was expected, the Court largely followed the opinion provided by Advocate … Continue reading

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