Aviation appears to be escaping the brunt of Washington’s deficit reduction push—at least in fiscal 2012 appropriations. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and housing on Tuesday approved a bill that, if enacted, would provide 19% less funding than two years earlier. Still, it fully funds the FAA’s Next Generation air traffic modernization system and increases funding for the FAA’s operations. By contrast, high-speed rail projects were gutted. The bill seeks to ...

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