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August 20, 2014

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August 18, 2014

WHO, Aviation Groups Urge Focus on Containing Ebola, Not Inhibiting Air Travel

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.”

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August 14, 2014

International Task Force Meets to Devise Rules for Flights Over Conflict Zones

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.

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August 8, 2014

FAA Bans Flights Over Iraq As International Aviation Group Eyes New Warning Procedures

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.

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August 6, 2014

Delta Will Keep Flying to Liberia Until End of August, But CEO Says ‘On A Day-By-Day Basis’

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.

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August 1, 2014

Is China’s State-Owned Aircraft Manufacturing Company A Threat to Boeing?

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.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 4:05 p.m.
Aviation, Uncategorized

July 31, 2014

NTSB ‘Concerned’ About Proposal to End Medical Certification for Pilots

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.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 5:16 p.m.
Aviation

Driving While Stoned Risky, but No Federal Standard Yet

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.

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Boeing 787 Announcement Comes as Ex-Im Bill Lobbying Intensifies

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.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 9:22 a.m.
Aviation

July 29, 2014

CDC Sees Low Ebola Risk to United States Via International Flights

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

By Tom Curry Posted at 10:57 a.m.
Aviation, Travel

July 28, 2014

A Bullish Global Business Travel Forecast, Shadowed by Geopolitical Risks

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.

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Week’s Transportation Highlight Will Be Senate Passage of Highway Funding Bill

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.”

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July 24, 2014

FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel’s Main Airport

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.”

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July 23, 2014

Boeing, Delta CEOs Clash Over Future of Ex-Im Bank Subsidies

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.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 1:32 p.m.
Aviation

Kerry Arrives at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport Despite FAA Ban on U.S. Flights (Video)

A flight carrying Secretary of State John Kerry landed Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to negotiate a cease-fire agreement to halt fighting between Hamas and Israel in which more than 600 people have been killed.

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.

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July 22, 2014

FAA Bans Flights to Main Airport in Israel for Up to 24 Hours After Rocket Strike (Video)

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.

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