The Transportation Dept. inspector general's annual report on the department's "top management challenges"--governmentspeak for "biggest headaches"--highlights a continuing fiscal conundrum that lacks a ready solution and threatens appropriations for the FAA in the near-term future. Three things are happening, two of them noted by the inspector general, Kenneth Mead, and a third percolating in the U.S. airline industry: *The Aviation Trust Fund, the repository for aviation taxes and ...


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