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Aug 25, 2011

Boeing’s novel Dreamliner set to gain US safety OK

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was set to
conclude a grueling eight-year safety review for its novel 787
Dreamliner after redesigning parts of its ambitious carbon
fiber reinforced fuselage.

While much of the focus has been on production delays due
to supply chain problems, cost overruns and other setbacks,
Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing records detail a
long safety review that included an onboard fire that held up
test flights last year and six exemptions granted by government
safety regulators.

Aug 7, 2011

Analysis: FAA showdown on spending presages larger fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deal in Congress to end a two-week standoff over U.S. aviation funding presaged a larger and more acrimonious fight over labor unions, financing air traffic modernization and other issues this fall.

The impasse over a surprising proposal to cut $16 million in government subsidies to airlines that provide service to rural communities was less about aviation and spending, and more about escalating partisan rancor and overhang from the political wildfire on raising the multitrillion-dollar U.S. debt limit.

Aug 5, 2011

2 IRS will not go after US airline fare hikes

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. government does not
plan to go after more than $400 million in airline revenue from
fare increases that were facilitated by a two-week ticket-tax
holiday resulting from a congressional dispute over aviation
funding.

The Internal Revenue Service said on Friday it did not
intend to seek retroactive payments from passengers or airlines
relating to taxes that were not collected during a partial
shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aug 5, 2011

Congress reaches deal to end FAA shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders struck a deal on Thursday to resolve a partisan dispute and end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has halted airport projects and threatened thousands of jobs.

The standoff, which began on July 22, centered on partisan differences over full funding of the agency through the middle of next month.

Aug 4, 2011

Congress reaches deal to end US aviation standoff

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. congressional leaders
struck a deal on Thursday to resolve a partisan dispute and end
a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that
has halted airport projects and threatened thousands of jobs.

The standoff, which began on July 22, has centered on
partisan differences over full funding of the agency through
the middle of next month.

Aug 3, 2011

White House explores options on FAA shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday explored ways it could end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has halted airport construction projects nationwide, leaving thousands without work, and has extended the summer’s political battles.

But transportation experts said the Obama administration had little room to maneuver, prompting senior officials to keep Congress in the spotlight over its inability to approve temporary full funding of the agency due to an internecine dispute.

Aug 2, 2011

Senate fails to end partial FAA shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate failed in a last-minute bid on Tuesday to end a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs that has halted airport construction projects and thrown tens of thousands of people out of work.

Senators scrambled to find common ground with the House of Representatives on a bill to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration but neither side would budge before adjourning until September.

Aug 2, 2011

Efforts to end FAA shutdown falter in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts to craft a compromise to end a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs faltered in the U.S. Senate on Monday night, raising the near certainty that the standoff will go through August.

The 10-day shutdown of airport runway and other improvement projects overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration has disrupted tens of thousands of construction jobs nationwide and prompted the furlough of 4,000 agency employees.

Jul 31, 2011

Analysis: Gas engines at center of fuel efficiency drive

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Automakers have agreed to produce by the quarter-century mark the most fuel- efficient cars and trucks ever that will leverage new designs and technology, but still rely heavily on gasoline engines.

A blueprint announced on Friday by President Barack Obama would boost fuel economy requirements 53 percent by 2025. This target is unlikely, as some suppose, to prompt a dramatic ramp up in production of electric cars and hybrids, which are only a fraction of the U.S. sales market.

Jul 24, 2011

U.S. airlines fight prospect of higher security fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines are fighting the prospect of sharply higher passenger security fees that could be part of any deficit-reduction plan.

The approach is among a handful involving aviation that have swirled around the ever-changing complexion of efforts by Congress and the White House to avert a debt default.