June 24, 2016
Reps. David Jolly (R-Fla.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) have introduced the Restoring Local Control of Airports Act of 2016 (H.R. 5563), which would allow airports to seek passenger facility charges (PFCs) beyond the current federal cap of $4.50 per enplanement. The bill would also reduce the federal airline ticket tax from 7.5 percent to 7 percent and require large hub airports to exchange federal Airport Improvement Program grants if they choose to increase their PFC beyond $4.50, among other improvements.
The PFC is a local user fee alternative to federal grants strongly supported by free-market transportation researchers, which allows participating airports to behave more...
June 21, 2016final rule on Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which is to be published in the Federal Register shortly. Here are the FAA’s ...
June 16, 2016
A lonely critique from the center-right of air traffic control corporatization appeared on MarketWatch making a series of incorrect and misleading claims. I have previously discussed the factual problems with the handful of anti-union conservatives’ arguments against these reforms and encouraged them to read the House’s bill and take a closer look at federal labor law (see here, here,...
June 13, 2016
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May 16, 2016
Air traffic control is in dire need of reform and modernization, and there is a great plan in the House FAA bill to do just that. But a handful of conservative activists have launched a campaign to roil reform. Last week, I published two posts debunking false claims made by critics. While the vast majority of free market advocates familiar with the issue support the air traffic control corporatization plan contained in the House’s AIRR Act, a small group of anti-union conservative advocates opposes these reforms, citing concerns over labor unions.
The reform plan would transfer the...
May 12, 2016
CEI has for years called for air traffic control reforms now being considered in the House. It is critical for the future health of the aviation sector that these reforms are enacted as soon as possible. And given that most aviation stakeholder groups are in favor of these reforms, the AIRR Act presents a unique and historic opportunity to get this done.
If we succeed in reforming air traffic control, it will be the most transformative shift in U.S. aviation policy in a generation. But some conservatives have been balking at the House AIRR Act for comparatively minor reasons.
The intellectual architect of this plan is the libertarian Reason Foundation’s cofounder Bob Poole, who first sketched out the reforms in ...
May 11, 2016
CEI Fellow Marc Scribner, one of the petitioners in CEI’s lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration’s final rule on airport body scanners, joined Cato’s Caleb Brown and Jim Harper to discuss the lawsuit, TSA’s ongoing problems with following the law, and what is wrong with airport security in the United States. You can listen below or click through to Cato’s website for additional listening and download options.
Conservatives for Big Government: Air Traffic Control Reform Opponents Have Lost Their Minds or PrinciplesMay 10, 2016
Right now in Congress, there is a proposal to end a government monopoly, replace it with a customer-driven corporation, slash taxes, and eliminate nearly two-thirds of a government agency’s budget. Not surprisingly, some Washington insiders oppose it. Surprisingly, some of those opponents are self-described conservatives.
The conservative opposition, led by the Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth, wants to scuttle a proposal to spin off the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air...
May 2, 2016
Reason Foundation Director of Transportation Policy Bob Poole has an excellent article in National Review debunking the myths peddled by a handful of conservatives on the House’s AIRR Act proposal to spin off air traffic control from the FAA and into an independent nonprofit. The proposal is based on Canada’s successful Nav Canada corporatization model, which was undertaken 20 years ago and was recently profiled in The Wall Street Journal. An excerpt of Poole’s piece:
The proposal adopted by the House committee...
May 2, 2016
Today, CEI, The Rutherford Institute, CEI Vice President Iain Murray, and yours truly filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) final rule on body scanners, which was published in March.
CEI et al. argue that TSA’s final rule fails to consider one important factor related to the deployment body scanners: a potential increase in highway injuries and deaths. If that sounds crazy, let me explain. Past research suggests that post-9/11 airport security policies were so invasive that a number...