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August 18, 2014
The heads of international travel, aviation and the the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Monday urging national governments and air carriers to not respond to the Ebola outbreak by resorting to “measures that will create unnecessary interference with international travel or trade.”
August 14, 2014
How can another war-related air catastrophe such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 be averted?
A task force of 59 government and industry experts convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization is trying to answer that question at a two-day meeting that started Thursday at ICAO’s Montreal headquarters.
August 8, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday banned U.S. air carriers from flying in the airspace above Iraq.
The FAA order which bans flights over Iraq “until further advised,” was due to the hazards created by fighting between Sunni forces under the Islamic State banner and Kurdish and Iraqi government forces.
August 6, 2014
Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson said Wednesday his company would continue to fly to Liberia until the end of this month, but would look to U.S. and international health officials for guidance in the face of the Ebola virus pandemic which has broken out in Liberia and three nearby African countries: Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
“We’re serving [Liberia] through Aug. 31, but we really take it on a day-by-day basis,” he said in an interview on CNBC.
Delta had previously announced it was discontinuing service to Liberia.
August 1, 2014
You may wear Chinese-made shirts and not even notice, so will you someday be flying aboard a Chinese-made passenger plane?
The potential threat of China’s commercial aviation sector to American manufacturing – and especially to Boeing — was one focus Thursday of a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security.
July 31, 2014
The acting head of the National Transportation Safety Board voiced doubts in House testimony Thursday about a proposed bill that would end the Federal Aviation Administration’s medical certification requirement for many general aviation pilots.
More stoned drivers on the road because of marijuana legalization could be a serious risk, at least according to some lawmakers.
At a hearing Thursday on driving and operating other vehicles while impaired by marijuana, House Subcommittee on Government Operations chairman Rep. John L. Mica, R- Fla., said “we’re going to have more people stoned on the highways and there will be consequences.”
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official Dr. Jeff Michael told the subcommittee that right now there’s too little data to devise a federal impairment standard. His agency is working with the state of Washington to assess the change in marijuana use by drivers before and after the state’s legalization of the drug.
The announcement Wednesday by Boeing that North Charleston, S.C., will be the site for final assembly of the 787-10, the newest version of its 787 Dreamliner, coincided with a push by a coalition of business groups to urge House Republicans to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
The charter for the bank, which is especially important for Boeing’s sales to foreign airlines, expires at the end of September.
July 29, 2014
In what seems to be an increasingly dangerous world, another threat that international travelers can ponder is the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Stephan Monroe, the deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, told reporters Monday that “it’s possible that someone could become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa and then get on a plane to the United States.”
But, he added, “It’s very unlikely that they would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers.” Full story
July 28, 2014
Spending on global business travel will reach $1.18 trillion this year, nearly 7 percent higher than in 2013, according to a forecast issued Monday by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation.
Months of hand-wringing, anguished warnings, and legislative maneuvering culminate in the next five days, as the Senate prepares to pass a bill to refill the Highway Trust Fund and avert what Democratic leaders were calling “the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown.”
July 24, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration late Wednesday night cancelled its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.
The agency said it had consulted with other federal agencies “to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation.”
July 23, 2014
The corporate clash over congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank was on display Wednesday in separate interviews with CEOs of two of America’s biggest transportation companies, Delta Airlines and Boeing.
Congress faces a decision this summer on whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank which provides direct loans, loan guarantees, and credit insurance to foreign companies to subsidize purchases of U.S goods and services.
Kerry made the trip despite a ban imposed Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration on flights by U.S. airlines to Ben Gurion, Israel’s only international airport. The FAA order, which came after a rocket landed within about a mile of the airport, has caused an awkward political rift between the United States and Israel.
July 22, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday on is prohibiting U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.
The FAA notice came after a rocket strike Tuesday morning which landed about one mile from the airport.