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GAO Releases Testimony Regarding FAA’s “Some Progress” In Implementation of NextGen

In testimony before the the House Subcommittee on Aviation, Gerald L. Dillingham, Government Accountability Office’s Director of Physical Infrastructure reported that the Federal Aviation Administration has made “some progress” in the implementation of the “Next Generation Air Transportation System” also … Continue reading

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GAO Issues Glowing Report on Airports and the Environment

On September 21, 2010, the Government Accountability Office issued its report entitled “Aviation and the Environment: Systematically Addressing Environmental Impacts and Community Concerns Can Help Airports Reduce Project Delays.” This is a topic that is not unfamiliar to readers of … Continue reading

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Why the Airports and the Aviation Industry Need to Be Concerned About Climate Change: Part One, Facts about Aviation and Climate Change

In the grand scheme of things, aviation may not represent a huge source of concern with respect to climate change. But neither should the aviation industry (airports included) ignore the fact that aviation does contribute to climate change not only through … Continue reading

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FAA Reauthorization, NextGen and ATC Modernization Are theTopics Discussed at U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Hearing

Although originally billed as a Senate hearing on FAA Reauthorization, because another continuing resolution was passed last week, the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security switched the focus of the hearing from Reauthorization to NextGen and “the Benefits of … Continue reading

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GAO Supplies Responses to Questions Posed at FAA Reauthorization Act Hearing

On March 10, 2009, the GAO made public its response to questions submitted for the record related to the February 11, 2009, hearing concerning  the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009.  At that hearing, Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, … Continue reading

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GAO Reports That FAA’s “Voluntary Airport Low Emissions” Program Has Yet To Meet Expectations

The GAO released its Report to Congressional Committees on the FAA’s “Voluntary Airport Low Emissions” (VALE) program on November 10, 2008.  Entitled Aviation and the Environment:  Initial Voluntary Low Emissions Program Projects Reduce Emissions, and FAA Plans to Assess the … Continue reading

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Legal Analysis of the FAA’s Slot Auction Rule for JFK and Newark Part 2

Analysis of Legal Issues Regarding Slot Auctions, Part Two. Having established previously that the FAA does not have specific authority to lease or otherwise dispose of slots, FAA turns to its general power to dispose of property in order to … Continue reading

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Legal Analysis of the FAA’s Slot Auction Rule for JFK and Newark Part 1

Pt. 1: Setting The Stage When the FAA adopted its slot auction rules for LaGuardia, JFK  and Newark Airports, it did so despite the fact that the GAO had issued a legal opinion stating that it believed that the FAA … Continue reading

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Despite GAO Ruling FAA Issues Congestion Management Rules for JFK, Newark and LaGuardia

In a gutsy move that is sure to draw the ire of Congressional leaders as well as the Air Transport Association, the FAA announced last Friday, October 10, 2008, that it had promulgated two “congestion management” rules:  one for LaGuardia … Continue reading

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GAO Declares FAA Does Not Have Legal Authority to Auction Slots

The GAO, in a legal opinion issued September 30, 2008, declared that “FAA currently lacks the authority to auction arrival and departure slots, and thus also lacks authority to retain and use auction proceeds.”  This legal opinion came as a … Continue reading

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