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Ben Goldstein

Ben
Goldstein
Congressional and Regulatory Reporter,
Aviation Week Network

Based in Washington, Ben covers Congress, regulatory agencies, the Departments of Justice and Transportation and lobby groups.

Ben has a Masters degree in Political Communications from the American University in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Aviation Week, he worked for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as its communications coordinator.

Articles
House Panel To Consider Bills Affecting Aviation Security 
U.S. lawmakers will consider legislation July 17 addressing aspects of aviation security ranging from trusted traveler programs to screening of veterans and pregnant women.
U.S. Airports Cautious Of Possible FAA, EPA Rules Conflict 
U.S. airport executives are requesting that airports be exempted from liabilities associated with their use of firefighting foams that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Lawmakers Push For Competency-Based Pilot Training 
Some U.S. lawmakers are urging FAA to press ICAO for revamped pilot-training standards that emphasize developing competencies needed to operate increasingly complex aircraft over completion of a set number of instructional hours.
U.S. Airports Wary Of Possible FAA, EPA Rules Conflict 
U.S. airport executives are requesting that airports be exempted from liabilities associated with their use of firefighting foams that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Senate Panel Advances FAA Nominee Dickson 
The U.S. Commerce Committee voted along party lines on July 10 to advance Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the FAA.
FAA Nominee Dickson Clears Panel, Full Senate Hearing Next 
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee voted along party lines to advance the nomination of Steve Dickson to head the FAA, setting the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor over whistleblower allegations that surfaced recently regarding his tenure as Delta Air Lines SVP-flight operations.
U.S. House Bill Renews Pressure On ‘Flag Of Convenience’ Carriers 
A group of bipartisan House lawmakers assembled on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol June 10 alongside unions representing pilots, flight attendants and technicians to announce legislation that would renew stalled efforts to target so-called “flag of convenience” carriers.
Key U.S. Senate Democrat To Oppose FAA Nominee Dickson 
The leading Democrat on the U.S. Senate panel considering Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the FAA said she will vote against him when the Commerce Committee takes up his nomination July 10.
Key Senate Democrat Opposes FAA Chief Nominee 
Ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) cites a “lack of candor” regarding Steve Dickson's involvement in a whistleblower complaint during his tenure as senior vice president-flight operations at Delta Air Lines.
Aircraft Mechanics Push DOT On Foreign Repair Station Oversight 
Four unions representing U.S. aviation safety inspectors and mechanics wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the department to implement three long-delayed Congressional directives intended to boost oversight of foreign repair stations that work on U.S. aircraft.
Aircraft Mechanics Push DOT On Foreign Repair Station Oversight 
Four unions representing U.S. aviation safety inspectors and mechanics wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the department to implement three long-delayed Congressional directives intended to boost oversight of foreign repair stations that work on U.S. aircraft.
U.S. Lawmakers Propose Bill To Improve Covert TSA Security Tests 
The chairs of two U.S. House committees overseeing aviation security have introduced legislation that would require TSA to implement an improved covert testing program to identify security gaps in its screening process.
U.S., Argentina Expand Air Transport Agreement 
The governments of the United States and Argentina have signed a protocol modernizing the 1985 Air Transport Agreement between the two countries.
New Round Of FAA Airport Funds Includes $65M For Chicago O’Hare 
The FAA has announced plans to award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants to hundreds of airports across the U.S., the second tranche of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding appropriated by Congress for fiscal 2019.
FAA Nominee Defends Delta Tenure During Whistleblower Case 
Steve Dickson is defending his decision to not disclose to federal lawmakers a lawsuit alleging whistleblower retaliation in which he was deposed during his tenure as Delta Air Lines SVP-flight operations.
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