President Barack Obama signed the long-term FAA reauthorization bill Feb. 14, after the Senate approved the bill 75-20 on Feb. 6, ending a nearly 5-yr. stalemate that led to 23 short-term extensions of FAA's operating authority. Though the long-term bill was widely expected to pass the Senate by the necessary 60-vote margin, it wasn't a complete slam dunk. Labor unions lobbied against the bill in its final weeks, objecting to a House-Senate agreement over a labor rules issue. The bill passed ...

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