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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.

Allegiant, Pilots Settle Dispute After U.S. Judge Blocks Strike Action 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company has settled a lawsuit with the Teamsters union representing its pilots over changes to the carrier’s crew-scheduling system.
FAA Downgrades Malaysian Regulator’s Safety Rating 
The FAA has downgraded the air safety rating of Malaysia’s civil aviation regulator, after determining it does not comply with ICAO safety standards.
Alaska Airlines Splits President And COO Role 
Alaska Air Group has announced a series of leadership changes, splitting the president and COO role at Alaska Airlines and naming a new president to the group’s regional subsidiary Horizon Air.
Embraer Reshuffles Executive Ranks In Advance Of Q3 Financials 
Embraer’s board of directors has elected Antonio Carlos Garcia to be the company’s new finance chief, replacing outgoing CFO Nelson Salgado, who will take over as the Brazilian manufacturer’s chief operating officer Jan. 1, 2020.
Corporate And Regulatory Failings Doomed The MAX, Lawmakers Argue 
The FAA’s delegation process did not provide the agency with enough visibility into the MAX certification and testing.
Air China Exec Decries Declining State Of U.S.-China Air Travel 
A senior Air China executive lamented falling air passenger volumes between the U.S. and China and a lack of progress in addressing bilateral civil aviation issues.
U.S. Homeland Security Seeks To Develop Airport Self-Screening Lanes 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting industry feedback about the feasibility of developing passenger self-screening stations at U.S. airports.
American, Qantas Implement JV; New Routes To Launch In 2020 
American Airlines and Qantas Airways have implemented their joint venture (JV) covering flying between the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, the companies announced in a Nov. 1 filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
U.S. Lawmakers Blast Boeing Over ‘Culture Of Concealment’  9
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s testimony last week before a U.S. House panel raised “a litany of new questions” about the development of the 737 MAX, two top committee members said in a letter to House lawmakers.
Senators Object To New U.S. Restrictions On Cuba Flights 
A group of 11 Democratic senators is urging the Trump Administration to reverse new restrictions that ban U.S. commercial flying to all Cuban destinations besides Havana.
SkyWest Profits Up 10% As Fleet Initiatives Accelerate 
Utah-based SkyWest Airlines grew its net income by 10% in the 2019 third quarter (Q3), as the regional carrier continued to benefit from its ongoing fleet initiatives and a more efficient footprint following the sale of ExpressJet Airlines in January.
U.S. Senate Advances $17.7 Billion FAA Funding Bill 
The U.S. Senate has passed a transportation funding bill for fiscal 2020.
U.S. Senate Advances $17.7B FAA Funding Bill 
The U.S. Senate has passed a transportation funding bill for fiscal 2020, although doubts remain about whether Congress can complete the appropriations process before a Nov. 21 deadline to fund the government.
Podcast: Boeing On The Hot Seat
Aviation Week editors discuss Dennis Muilenburg’s performance before Congress and what Europe’s top aviation regulator says about the Max returning to flight.
Trans States Cancels SpaceJet Aircraft Order 
Trans States Holdings has canceled an order for up to 100 Mitsubishi SpaceJet aircraft, the latest setback facing the Japanese manufacturer’s long-delayed regional jet program.

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