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
U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee Seeks $17.7 Billion For FAA 
The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation is seeking to send $17.7 billion to the FAA in fiscal 2020, $267 million more than the 2019 enacted level and $614 million above the administration’s budget request.
U.S. Lawmakers’ Concerns Over TSA Staff Diversions Intensifies 
The leadership of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is growing increasingly concerned about TSA’s plans to divert hundreds of transportation security officers (TSO) and federal air marshals (FAM) to assist hundreds of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers already stationed at the Southwest border to address a surge of migrants there.
Southwest, Mechanics End Labor Struggle With Contract Approval 
Mechanics for Southwest Airlines, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have voted to ratify a new contract through 2024, ending more than six years of contentious negotiations that led to multiple rounds of public finger-pointing and lawsuits between the two sides.
Delta CEO Refutes Sanders’ Criticism Of Anti-Union Campaign 
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian on May 22 pushed back against recent criticism from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and other congressional Democrats who have alleged the Atlanta-based carrier has engaged in a targeted campaign to intimidate flight attendants and ramp workers from unionizing.
A4A: Diversion Of TSA, CBP Agents ‘Biggest Risk’ To Summer Travel 
Airlines for America (A4A) said monitoring a planned diversion of hundreds of TSA and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from U.S. airports to the Southwest border will be the group’s top policy priority during the peak 2019 summer travel season.
American Files Suit Over Alleged Mechanics Work Slowdown 
American Airlines is suing the unions representing most of its mechanics, alleging that union officers and members have engaged in a deliberate work slowdown to gain leverage during ongoing contract negotiations.
FAA Issues Notice Urging Caution Over Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman 
The FAA has issued a warning for carriers to avoid flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, citing an increasing risk to civil aviation operations due to the potential for “miscalculation or mis-identification” of aircraft by armed forces in the region.
Senators Push American Airlines To Raise Envoy Agents’ Wages 
A group of U.S. senators are calling on American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker to provide “livable, family-sustaining wages” to passenger service agents at American-owned regional subsidiary Envoy Air.
U.S. DOT Proposes 12 Tokyo Haneda Slots To Four Carriers 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed 12 tentative daytime slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to four U.S. carriers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.
Lawmakers, Airports Raise Concerns Over TSA Staff Diversion 
Members of the U.S. Congress and airport stakeholders reacted with apprehension to reports that TSA will divert hundreds of agents from airports to the U.S. southwestern border with Mexico to deal with a surge of migrant crossings.
IAM Files Charges Against Delta Over Anti-Union Campaign 
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed charges with the U.S. National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines, alleging that the carrier’s anti-union activities violate Delta flight attendants and ramp employees’ right to unionize “free from interference, influence or coercion exercised by the carrier.”
U.S. Suspends All Air Service To Venezuela 
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Elaine Chao ordered an immediate suspension May 15 of all passenger and cargo operations between U.S. and Venezuelan airports, citing “deteriorating conditions” in Venezuela that “threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew.”
DOT To Distribute $779M For Airport Infrastructure 
DOT plans to distribute $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
FAA Nominee Defends ODA Program Before U.S. Lawmakers 
Stephen Dickson, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for FAA administrator, defended the FAA’s practice of delegating certain safety and certification functions to manufacturers, telling lawmakers the agency’s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program has “allowed regulators to get much more efficiency and add more safety value than just throwing extra resources at it.”
FAA Nominee Defends ODA Program Before U.S. Lawmakers 
Stephen Dickson, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for FAA administrator, defended the FAA’s practice of delegating certain safety and certification functions to manufacturers, telling lawmakers the agency’s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program has “allowed regulators to get much more efficiency and add more safety value than just throwing extra resources at it.”
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