Aaron Karp

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Scarce FAA Funding Creates Infrastructure Deficit, Foxx Says 

The U.S. faces “an infrastructure deficit” that could have negative consequences for commercial aviation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said today.

Speaking to the Aero Club of Washington DC, Foxx pointed out that civil aviation contributes $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy annually. “The industry supports more jobs than exist in the whole state of New York,” he said.

Foxx: Historically Low FAA Funding Creating Infrastructure Deficit 
The U.S. Transportation Secretary is open to suggestions for new ways to finance air traffic control, and at a Washington luncheon did not dismiss an audience question regarding possible privatization or partial privatization of FAA’s air traffic management functions.
CFMI: Comac Needs 'More Experienced' Management
“Building an aircraft is not an easy task,” Chahrour told reporters during a briefing at the Singapore Airshow. “They have some difficulty with some suppliers and in bringing them all together at the same time.”
D.C. Airports Director Warns Of Growing Customs Challenge 

Rather than anticipating, the U.S. is “merely reacting to the challenge” of a growing influx of international air travelers and is in danger of turning off future tourists and businesspeople from visiting the U.S., Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) President and CEO Jack Potter said.

D.C. Airports Director Warns Of Growing Customs Challenge 
“The myriad approaches [the federal government is taking to deal with] customs challenges are not producing results,” Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) President and CEO Jack Potter said.
Interjet Applauds Superjet Reliability, Eyes Domestic Pilot Training Center 

Interjet could open a Sukhoi Superjet 100 pilot training center in Mexico rather than sending its pilots to Superjet International’s SSJ100 training facility in Venice.

“We are considering very seriously bringing into Mexico a [SSJ100] full flight simulator,” Interjet Director General Jose Luis Garza said last week at the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Cancun.

Superjet Intensifying Sales Effort After Successful Interjet Launch 
Mexico’s Interjet, which plans to put its third Sukhoi Superjet 100 into service this month, continues to promote the reliability and efficiency of the two SSJ100s it has been operating on domestic flights since Sept. 18.
Transaero CEO Eyes Double-Digit Growth
Russia’s second largest airline expects fast pace of growth
Transaero CEO Expects Double-Digit Growth To Continue 
WASHINGTON - Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, expects its fast pace of growth to continue over the next several years as it anticipates delivery of both its first Airbus A380 and first Boeing 747-8 in 2015. (Photo: Transaero)
Southwest Wants Greater Access To Washington National Airport Slots 

Southwest Airlines has no official stance on the proposed merger between AMR Corp. and US Airways merger, but the low-cost carrier wants to have a stronger presence at Washington National Airport (DCA) and is opposed to a “new American Airlines” controlling two-thirds of DCA’s slots.

“I’m not for or against the AA-US merger—I’m for the ability to compete,” Southwest Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Bob Jordan said Oct. 6 at the World Route Development Forum in Las Vegas. “It’s very hard to gain access to National.”

Southwest Wants More Access To Washington National Airport 
Southwest Airlines has no official stance on the proposed merger between AMR Corp. and US Airways merger, but the low-cost carrier wants to have a stronger presence at Washington National Airport and is opposed to a “new American Airlines” controlling two-thirds of the airport's slots.
FAA Concerned About Repercussions Of Government’s Budgetary Concerns 

The FAA is facing considerable uncertainty, with the U.S. government headed toward a possible partial shutdown Oct. 1 and sequestration levels of funding likely to remain in place even if a shutdown is avoided. “I have no idea what’s going to happen,” FAA’s deputy associate administrator-airports Kate Lang said at the annual Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Conference and Exhibition in San Jose, Calif. “I have no idea whether we’ll be at work on Oct. 1 . . . Frankly, nobody knows.”

Ongoing Budget Uncertainty Pressures FAA

The FAA is facing considerable uncertainty, with the U.S. government headed toward a possible partial shutdown Oct. 1 and sequestration levels of funding likely to remain in place even if a shutdown is avoided.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,” FAA’s deputy associate administrator-airports Kate Lang said Sept. 24 at the annual Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Conference and Exhibition in San Jose, Calif. “I have no idea whether we’ll be at work on Oct. 1 . . . Frankly, nobody knows.”

FAA’s Huerta Warns That Funding Uncertainty Threatens NextGen 

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta is warning that the ongoing “fiscal uncertainty” surrounding the U.S. government’s budget is “very damaging” to the FAA’s long-term planning capability, and in particular could hurt the agency’s effort to modernize air traffic control (ATC).

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