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Posted on 1/19/2021

Airport Alert: FAA Releases Guidance on Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that provides some guidance for airport sponsors on how FAA will distribute $2 billion under the “Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program” (ACRGP)...

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1/19/2021

Airport Alert: FAA Releases Guidance on Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that provides some guidance for airport sponsors on how FAA will distribute $2 billion under the “Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program” (ACRGP)...

1/19/2021

Airport Alert: Confirmation Hearing Held for Alejandro Mayorkas to Become DHS Secretary

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing this morning for Alejandro “Ali” Mayorkas to become the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

1/15/2021

Regulatory Alert: FAA Requests Airports Share Administrator’s Message on Unruly Passenger Policy

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging airports to share with passengers a video that FAA Administrator Steve Dickson recorded on the agency’s new, stricter enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers.

1/14/2021

Airport Alert: President-Elect Biden to Unveil Coronavirus Rescue Package

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to unveil a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package that calls for a “national vaccination program” and proposes to provide relief to working families hit hard by the pandemic.

1/13/2021

Regulatory Alert: FAA Publishes Aircraft Noise Annoyance Study Results

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published results from the agency’s aircraft noise annoyance study, called the “Neighborhood Environmental Survey” (NES), including an overview of the results on its website...

1/13/2021

Airport Alert: AAAE, ACI-NA Ask Congress, Biden Administration for Additional COVID-19 Relief

In a letter today to House and Senate leaders and the Biden transition team, AAAE and ACI-NA requested an additional $17 billion in funding for commercial service airports, along with further support for general aviation airports, concessionaires...

1/12/2021

Airport Alert: Negative COVID Test Required to Fly Into the United States From All International

Effective January 26, 2021, all international air passengers (ages 2 and above) will be required to obtain a negative COVID test result within three days before their flight to the United States departs and provide written documentation...

1/12/2021

Regulatory Alert: FAA Releases Summary of Aircraft Noise Annoyance Study Results

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a summary of the results from the agency’s aircraft noise annoyance study, called the “Neighborhood Environmental Survey” (NES).

1/11/2021

Security Policy Alert: Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Resigns Effective at Midnight

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down, citing recent court challenges to his authority.

1/11/2021

Press Release: AAAE Offers Human Trafficking Awareness Training and Resources

In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, AAAE, the world's largest professional association for airport personnel, is providing airports and airport-based companies with tools to help prevent human trafficking at their facilities.

1/7/2021

Security Policy Alert: Summary of TSA's Monthly Conference Call for Airport Stakeholders

TSA held its monthly conference call for airport stakeholders. The conference call was led by Alan Paterno, TSA's Airport Industry Engagement Manager in the office of Policy, Plans and Engagement (PPE).

1/7/2021

Regulatory Alert: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to Resign

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao indicated that she will resign from her position, effective as of January 11, according to Washington Post, Politico, and other news outlets.

1/7/2021

Regulatory Alert: Five Senior Political Appointees at FAA to Resign

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that five senior political appointees of President Trump were resigning, effective as of Monday, January 11, in light of yesterday’s attacks at the Capitol, according to Reuters...

1/5/2021

Airport Alert: 2020 AAAE Federal Affairs Annual Report

The AAAE Legislative, Regulatory, and Transportation Security & Facilitation teams are pleased to present you with the 2020 Federal Affairs Annual Report — in a brand new, interactive format.

1/4/2021

Security Policy Alert: TSA Provides Alternative Measure Template for ID Media Audit Flexibility

TSA has informed AAAE that Executive Assistant Administrator for Operations Support Stacey Fitzmaurice approved an ASP amendment template for temporary relief for ID media renewal requirements.

12/31/2020

Security Policy Alert: TSA Issues National Alternative Measure for SD 1542-04-08 Series

TSA has informed AAAE that Executive Assistant Administrator for Operational Support Stacey Fitzmaurice has signed a national Alternative Measure for the Security Directive series aimed at expediting the return of furloughed aviation workers.

12/31/2020

Airport Alert: FAA Announces New Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program

The FAA announced the establishment of the “Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program” to distribute the $2 billion in funds that Congress approved as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

12/29/2020

Airport Alert: President Signs Coronavirus Relief/FY21 Omnibus Spending Bill Into Law

After a few days of drama, the President signed into law H.R. 133, “an Act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, providing coronavirus emergency response and relief, and for other purposes.”

12/28/2020

Regulatory Alert: EPA Finalizes GHG Emissions Standards for Aircraft

Today the EPA released a final rule that establishes GHG emissions standards for engines that are used in subsonic jet and turboprop airplanes exceeding a certain max. takeoff weight.

12/28/2020

Regulatory Alert: FAA Releases Long-Awaited UAS Remote ID Final Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a long-awaited final rule that requires remote identification (ID) technology for nearly all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the national airspace.

12/21/2020

Airport Alert: U.S. Government Releases Updated Runway to Recovery Guidance, FAA Policy on Revenue

A U.S. Government interagency group has released, “Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus” (Version 1.1)...

12/21/2020

Action Alert: Lawmakers Unveil FY21 Omnibus Spending Bill

Lawmakers today unveiled a $1.4 trillion Fiscal Year 2021 omnibus appropriations package that includes $400 million in supplemental AIP funding; a $2.8 million increase for contract towers...

12/21/2020

Airport Alert: Senate Clears Coronavirus Relief/FY21 Omnibus, Sending Package to President

On Mon, Dec. 21, following House passage, the Senate on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 91-7 has approved a massive 5,593-page bill that includes $900 billion in coronavirus relief and $1.4 trillion in funding for the federal government for FY 21

12/21/2020

Airport Alert: House Clears Coronavirus Relief, FY21 Omnibus Spending Bill

The House overwhelming approved a massive 5,593-page bill that includes $900 billion in coronavirus relief and $1.4 trillion in funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2021.