August 9, 2016filed its opening brief yesterday against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT)...
July 19, 2016
Editor’s note: Open Market is publishing a new blog series this week on pressing issues in administrative law and regulatory policy. Today kicks off the series, which we’ve titled “Worst Procedural Abuses of the Obama Era,” and will include contributions by Marc Scribner (below), Trey Kovacs, William Yeatman, and Ryan Radia.
July 8, 2016
Guest post by Robert Poole
Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation and a member of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) National Aviation Studies Advisory Panel. He holds two engineering degrees from MIT.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), an ideological opponent of converting the FAA’s struggling Air Traffic Organization into a de-politicized, self-supporting ATC Corporation, has come up with a new argument against making this needed reform: “the Defense Department will never go for it.” This is despite the fact that DoD has not voiced any opposition to the bill approved earlier this year by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
The Defense Department, to be sure, is a significant player in air traffic control. It operates 235 airports and heliports, shares 29 military airports...
July 5, 2016
Most free market and libertarian researchers—at least those familiar with what the House’s AIRR Act (H.R. 4441) actually does and doesn’t do—are strongly in favor of the bill’s air traffic control corporatization plan. Unfortunately, a small number of D.C.-based, center-right labor policy professionals has gotten it in their heads that the AIRR Act’s air traffic control title constitutes a “union giveaway.”
A weak critique of air traffic control corporatization was just published by the Washington Examiner...
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 ...