April 16, 2018
Last week, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced his updated Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, eliminating the air traffic control reform title, and making a small number of tweaks to his previous bill. The bad news is air traffic control modernization will continue to lag behind the rest of the industrialized world and U.S. air travelers will suffer more delays, longer flight times, and higher airfares. The good news is even without air traffic control reform, Chairman Shuster’s bipartisan legislation offers some important aviation policy improvements.
February 15, 2018
The Free to Fly Act would eliminate a generations-old anticompetitive federal law governing domestic airline ownership.
February 12, 2018
This morning, the White House released its long-anticipated, 53-page infrastructure proposal. It is an expansion of the leaked six-page summary that I commented on in late January. The proposal has some elements that will appeal to free market fiscal conservatives. Others, not so much.
January 29, 2018
Congress should free the hand of airports to finance improvements with user fees rather than relying on federal tax revenue.
January 26, 2018
President Trump should use his State of the Union address to encourage members of Congress to pass these 7 bills immediately.
December 21, 2017
Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), have become increasingly useful to pretty much everyone. No longer just the stuff of modern warfare, UAS are increasingly used in real estate, agriculture, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue, to name just a few of their current civilian applications. Consumers are also buying drones for...
October 10, 2017
On September 28, twenty House members, led by Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN), sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urged them to reject a modest increase in the...
September 8, 2017
Yesterday, the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) released a statement on the air traffic control reform proposal pending in the House. “After fully analyzing the degree of consistency with our Seven...
September 7, 2017
Today, CEI and two dozen other organizations wrote to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Commerce Committee and Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee regarding upcoming confirmations of two members of the Surface...
August 28, 2017
Recently, I noted how corporate jet lobby National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) had attempted to trot out “Hero of the Hudson” Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger as a supposed expert opposed to air traffic control reform. In advertisements for NBAA front group Alliance for Aviation Across America, Sully at most demonstrated he has not read the reform legislation. NBAA opposes all reform efforts that would reduce the large subsidies corporate jets currently receive under status quo aviation taxation—subsidies that are paid by commercial airline customers.
Over the last year, I’ve also debunked a series of false claims about the reform proposal from a small number of conservative opponents (see...