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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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The Container’s Friday Q & A: Rep. Sam Graves

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Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., left, with actor and pilot Harrison Ford at a forum of the House General Aviation Caucus. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We spoke with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus and a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week after he told an aviation industry conference in Washington about some of his misgivings about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Analyst Decries ‘A Sense of Entitlement’ in Air Travelers

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Hunter Keay (Photo: Wolfe Research)

The most amusing analysis this week of how the airline business works or ought to work came from Wolfe Research investment analyst Hunter Keay who explained that travelers must be re-educated out of expecting something for nothing.

“Airlines have really struggled with managing down a sense of entitlement from the consumer, which is still a problem and that’s really going to take decades to go away,” Keay told an aviation conference in Washington.

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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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House Unanimously Votes To Cut TSA Security Fees

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Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., sponsored the fee rollback legislation (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call)

Travel industry leaders are applauding a unanimous House vote Wednesday to roll back Transportation Security Administration fees.

The 2013 budget accord had increased the security-related fees to $5.60 per one-way trip. Previously, the fee had been $2.50 per enplanement (boarding a flight) with a cap of $10.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 10:12 a.m.
Aviation, Budget, Travel

September 16, 2014

Labor And Capital In Accord on Threats to U.S. Airlines

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Delta Airlines planes at Kennedy airport in New York City (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Labor and capital were in agreement Tuesday that while it’s good that U.S. airlines are now profitable, foreign competitors are a growing threat, and Congress needs to lift the burden of taxes and fees on the industry.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 12:48 p.m.
Aviation, Uncategorized

New NTSB Data Show General Aviation Has Become Less Risky Over Past 20 Years

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General aviation is far more dangerous than regularly scheduled commercial aviation. But data released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board show that general aviation has gotten safer over the past 20 years.

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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

With Drug Use Increasing, NTSB Probes Effects on Aviation Accidents

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NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A National Transportation Safety Board (Twitter: @NTSB) study released Tuesday found evidence of wider drug use in general aviation compared to 25 years ago, but the safety board does not yet have data to show whether a significant percentage of weekend and recreational pilots who are involved in accidents are drug-impaired.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 3:57 p.m.
Aviation

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