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Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: Please Urge Your Senators to Sign Letter Circulating in Support of Funding for TSA LEO Reimbursement Grants

We urgently need your help to convince the Senate to fund our aviation security priorities in the upcoming DHS appropriations bill for fiscal year 2025 (FY25).

05/15/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: House Overwhelming Approves Final FAA Reauthorization Bill

On May 15, the House approved by a vote of 387 to 26 a multi-year bipartisan and bicameral FAA reauthorization bill.

05/15/2024

Airport Affairs

Hearing Alert: Technology Deployment Major Focus of Hearing on TSA’s FY25 Budget Request 

Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled “An Examination of the Transportation Security Administration’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget” with TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

05/15/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: Senate Advances FAA Reauthorization Bill and Short-Term Extension

The Senate last night overwhelmingly approved a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill and after a brief hiccup cleared a measure to extend aviation programs and excise taxes through May 17.

05/10/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: Senate Passes Comprehensive FAA Reauthorization Bill

After Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used procedural maneuvers to turn back a long list of amendments including one that would have restricted TSA from using facial recognition technology at security checkpoints, the Senate by a vote of 88 to 4 just passed a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill.

05/09/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: FAA Reauthorization Update: House Oks Another Short-Term Extension

While the Senate continues to make progress on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill, the House of Representatives on May 8, cleared a bill to extend aviation programs and excise taxes through May 17.

05/08/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: DOT Requests Feedback on Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation

On May 3, the DOT released a notice requesting feedback from industry stakeholders and the public on the potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation.

05/03/2024

Security Affairs

Summary of TSA's Monthly Conference Call for Airport Stakeholders

On May 2, TSA held its monthly conference call for airport stakeholders.

05/02/2024

Airport Affairs

Hearing Report: Buttigieg and Lawmakers Discuss Transportation Safety

During a hearing today where lawmakers focused on transportation safety, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discussed the administration’s response to the recent bridge collapse in Baltimore and its plan to add 2,000 more air traffic controllers.

05/02/2024

Press Release: AAAE Elects Leaders for 2024-2025 at 96th Annual Conference & Exposition in Nashville

“AAAE is fortunate to have a group of exceptional airport executives who have pledged their time, energy, and talent to help guide the Association forward,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said.

05/02/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: White House Finalizes Significant Updates to NEPA Review Process

On April 30, the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a final rule that makes a wide range of changes to the regulations that govern National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

05/01/2024

Security Affairs

Security Policy Alert: TSA Monthly Conference Call for Airport Stakeholders, Thursday, May 2, 1 p.m. ET

As a reminder, TSA will host its monthly conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

04/30/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Final FAA Bill. Measure Calls for Increasing AIP to $4 Billion Annually

After months of delay, House and Senate transportation committee leaders early this morning unveiled a bipartisan and bicameral FAA reauthorization bill that would increase AIP funding to $4 billion annually, authorize $350 million to help airports transition to fluorine-free firefighting foam, and usher in a long list of policy changes to help airports of all sizes.

04/29/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: AAAE Opposes Legislation to Prohibit TSA From Using Biometrics at Checkpoints

AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli sent a letter to House and Senate Committee leaders opposing the addition of provisions to the pending FAA reauthorization legislation that would prohibit or severely restrict TSA from using biometric facial matching technologies at their security checkpoints, including TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology (CAT).

04/26/2024

Airport Affairs

Action Alert: Urge Your House Lawmakers to Support Aviation Security Funding Priorities Now

We urgently need your help to convince House of Representative lawmakers to fund our aviation security priorities.

04/25/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: EPA Releases Rule to Designate PFOA/PFOS as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA

On April 19, the EPA released a final rule that designates two PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), known as the Superfund law.

04/19/2024

Federal Affairs

Action Alert: Urge Your House Lawmakers to Support Aviation Security Funding Priorities

We urgently need your help to convince House of Representative lawmakers to fund our aviation security priorities in the upcoming DHS appropriations bill for fiscal year 2025 (FY25).

04/18/2024

Federal Affairs

Hearing Report: TSA Administrator Testifies on FY25 Budget Request

On April 16, TSA Administrator David Pekoske testified before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee about his fiscal year 2025 (FY25) budget needs, which total $11.8 billion.

04/16/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: FAA Seeks Airport Feedback on Noise Abatement Chart Updates

On April 15, the FAA released and requested comment on a draft document, “Noise Abatement Entries in the Chart Supplement (CS),” which includes proposed guidance to airports on how to communicate NAI to the pilot community through the CS.

04/15/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: EPA Releases Updated Interim Guidance on PFAS Disposal & Destruction

On April 9, the EPA released updated interim guidance that outlines the latest data and research on different methodologies to dispose and destroy (D&D) PFAS and PFAS-containing products, including aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).

04/10/2024

Federal Affairs

Hearing Report: DHS Secretary Testifies on FY25 Budget Priorities; TSA Briefly Discussed

On April 10, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the House and Senate DHS Appropriations Subcommittees about his fiscal year 2025 (FY25) budget request.

04/10/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: DOT Releases Final Rule to Update DBE and ACDBE Programs

On April 9, the DOT released a final rule that makes a wide range of changes and updates to the regulations governing the DBE Program and the ACDBE Program.

04/09/2024

Security Affairs

Summary of TSA's Monthly Conference Call for Airport Stakeholders

On April 4, TSA held its monthly conference call for airport stakeholders.

04/05/2024

Regulatory Affairs

FAA Announces Deadlines for Use of FY24 AIP Entitlement Funds

On April 3, the FAA announced the deadlines for submitting a notice of intent (NOI) and final grant application for the use of primary, cargo, and nonprimary entitlement funds that are available under the AIP for FY24.

04/04/2024

Security Affairs

TSA Monthly Conference Call for Airport Stakeholders, Thursday, April 4, 2024, 1:00 p.m. ET

As a reminder, TSA will host its monthly conference call, Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

04/03/2024