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September 29, 2014

FAA Aims For Recovery of Chicago Traffic Control Center In Two Weeks

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FAA administrator Michael Huerta (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta gave an update Monday of the FAA’s efforts to recover from the fire which knocked out the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill., on Friday.

Huerta said in a speech at the annual conference of the Air Traffic Control Association that on Sunday controllers managed about 60 percent of typical traffic at O’Hare airport and “we are trying to reach as close to normal operations as quickly as possible.”

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This Week’s Transportation Agenda: Air Traffic Control Conference & Foxx Road Trip

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An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

This week, by strange coincidence, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) holds its 59th annual conference at the National Harbor center near Washington just after the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., was shut by a fire set by a technician working for a FAA contractor. Full story

September 26, 2014

TSA Looks to Private Sector to Expand Vetting Program

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TSA Administrator John Pistole (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/CQ)

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, announced Friday that the agency was moving to expand its TSA Pre-Check system by soliciting bids from private-sector companies that could do screening of would-be domestic air travelers.

The TSA PreCheck program allows 600,000 domestic passengers who are deemed to be low risks for terrorism to get expedited screening at airports. Full story

September 19, 2014

A Look Back: Foreign Air Carrier Competition, Drones & Defective Cars

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We heard from both Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., (left) and Sam Graves, R-Mo., this week on aviation policy. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

This week on The Container, we spent lot of time reporting on aviation but with some focus on highways and the vehicles that travel on them.

We told you that U.S. airlines, while making good profits recently, still haven’t gotten back to pre-recession passenger levels.

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Mark Sanford Spars With TSA Official Over Those Lists

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Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., spoke for those Americans Thursday who are exasperated with all those lists that the Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies keep to check up on airline passengers.

Sanford tussled with TSA Assistant Administrator Stephen Sadler at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation Security Subcommittee.

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September 18, 2014

Allies Home to Fast-Growing Rivals for U.S. Air Carriers

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A 1999 Open Skies agreement between the United States and the United Arab Emirates gives Etihad and Emirates access to U.S. airports.

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September 15, 2014

U.S. Airlines Still Not Quite Recovered To Their Pre-Recession Passenger Levels

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Even with a recovering U.S. economy, domestic air travel has still not quite gotten back to its pre-recession levels.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (Twitter: @TransportStatsreported Monday that U.S. airlines carried 59.2 million passengers on domestic flights. That compares to nearly 61.5 million domestic passengers in June of 2007. Full story

Traffic Safety Administration, FedEx Earnings & Privacy During Airport Screening On Week’s Agenda

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D- Mo., will chair a hearing Tuesday examining the performance of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A busy week for transportation policy in Washington starts Tuesday with a hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, headed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D- Mo., (Twitter: @clairecmc) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has been accused of slow reaction to the GM recalls of 27.5 million cars this summer.

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September 12, 2014

Big Issues on the Horizon for Small Plane Manufacturers

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The new Cessna Longitude is scheduled for first delivery in 2017. (Image courtesy of Cessna)

Next year Congress must pass a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. One industry with a lot at stake is general aviation, the companies that manufacture aircraft other than those flown by the military and scheduled commercial airlines.

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September 11, 2014

How Global Business Travelers Are Coping In An Increasingly Perilous World

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Part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down over Ukraine on July 17. (Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

We recently asked Global Business Travel Association (Twitter: @GlobalBTA ) executive director Michael W. McCormick for his views on how the last several month’s world events have affected business travelers.

Here’s the first part of that interview…. Full story

September 10, 2014

Hudson Urges TSA To Move Faster on Expedited Screening For Low-Risk Frequent Flyers

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Rep. Richard Hudson, R- N.C. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Richard Hudson, R- N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said Wednesday he was frustrated that the Transportation Security Administration hasn’t moved faster to implement its Pre-Check program.

The program allows low-risk frequent travelers to get through airport screening on an expedited basis — without removing their shoes and taking their laptops out of carrying cases, for example.

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General Aviation Pilots Group Criticizes NTSB Study on Pilots’ Drug Use

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An investigator examines a single-engine plane which crashed in Glendale, Calif. in 2012. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

The group representing general aviation pilots is criticizing the National Transportation Safety Board’s new study of pilots’ drug use. We reported on that study yesterday.

“There are just far too many gaps and unknowns in this [NTSB] study for us to be able to draw any meaningful conclusions about aviation safety,” said Mark Baker, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). “Overall the number of general aviation accidents has declined significantly over the past decade, and continuing that trend should be our focus.” Full story

September 9, 2014

In Report on UPS Crash, Safety Board Urges Steps to Deter Pilot Fatigue On Overnight Cargo Flights

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NTSB workers inspect the wreckage of a UPS cargo plane that crashed in Birmingham, Ala. on Aug. 14, 2013 (NTSB via Getty Images)

The National Transportation Safety Board ( Twitter: @NTSB) found Tuesday that the probable cause of the crash of a UPS Airbus A300 cargo plane on approach to the Birmingham, Ala. airport last summer was the flight crew’s errors during the approach, including their failure to monitor the aircraft’s altitude.

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September 5, 2014

Export-Import Bank, Rail Congestion, and Pilot Drug Use on Week’s Agenda

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at a 2012 press conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress return to the Capitol this week but will sprint through the next three weeks of legislative maneuvering before they head home for the 2014 campaign finale.

Two transportation-related issues await action: a stopgap funding bill to keep agencies running past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and a decision on what to do about the expiring charter of the Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes foreigners’ purchases of U.S. goods such as Boeing aircraft. Full story

September 3, 2014

Near-Complete Aviation Cutoff Making It Even Harder to Control Ebola Outbreak

World Health Organization officials said Wednesday that Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hit hardest by the Ebola virus outbreak, are almost entirely cut off from international aviation and their near-isolation is making it difficult for outside agencies to help contain the outbreak.

“These three countries – they feel totally isolated,” Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organization, told reporters at a briefing Wednesday.

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