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Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: House Appropriations Committee Advances FY 2025 DHS/TSA/CBP Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee met and approved on a party-line vote of 33-26 its version of the fiscal year 2025 spending bill for DHS and its component agencies, including TSA and U.S. CBP.

06/12/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2025 DHS/TSA/CBP Report; Key Provision Included on Aviation Worker Screening

In advance of consideration of the fiscal year 2025 funding bill for DHS by the full House Appropriations Committee tomorrow morning, the Committee released its FY25 report.

06/11/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: DOT Releases NOFO for FY23 Small Community Air Service Development Program Grants  

On June 10, the DOT released a NOFO soliciting applications from communities interested in obtaining a discretionary grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to address air service and airfare issues in their communities.

06/10/2024

Security Affairs

Security Policy Alert: AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee Airports-Only Conference Call

As a reminder, the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee is hosting its monthly airports-only conference call on Wednesday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

06/10/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: House Subcommittee Approves FY25 DHS Appropriations Bill; Good News for Airports

After a brief markup that largely focused on border and immigration issues, the House DHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved its fiscal year 2025 (FY25) spending bill by voice vote.

06/04/2024

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Alert: FAA Updates Airports on Administration of FY24 AIP Grants

On June 3, the FAA's Office of Airports delivered an update to airport sponsors on administration of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for fiscal year 2024.

06/04/2024

Airport Affairs

Action Alert: New Deadline - Please Urge Your House of Representatives Members to Join Letter Supporting Funding for PFAS Transition Grant Program in FY2025

New Deadline for the House Letter Supporting Funding for PFAS Transition Grants.

06/03/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: FY25 DHS Appropriations Bill Released; Good News for Airports

On June 3, in advance of the House DHS Appropriations Subcommittee considering its fiscal year 2025 (FY25) bill tomorrow morning, the Subcommittee released its draft bill and a summary.

06/03/2024

Airport Affairs

Airport Alert: AAAE Seeks Airport Feedback on Airport Infrastructure Grant Program Funds

AAAE has become aware of an increasing number of conversations on Capitol Hill relating to a potential “claw back” of funding that was provided by Congress through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

06/03/2024

Airport Affairs

Action Alert: Please Urge Your House of Representative Members to Join Letter Supporting Funding for PFAS Transition Grant Program in FY2025

Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Mike Lawler (R-NY) are circulating a letter requesting funding for the PFAS transition grant program in the upcoming FY25 THUD appropriations bill.

05/23/2024

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