After 3 years, Norwegian Air International (NAI) was issued the final grant of foreign air carrier authority by the US DOT. NAI’s bureaucratic voyage to the U.S. has been an exceedingly slow process.
Senator Warner and Representative Norton each have responses to the need to address sexual assaults on aircraft. Both indicate that legislation is needed in light of recent onboard attacks which suggest more attention from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FAA must be initiated.
The White House held an event about the future growth, safety and regulations of UASs on October 11 with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Secretary Foxx, Helen Greiner and Eric Allison. Although there was good feedback, there was no mention that Congress should reconstitute the regulatory regimes which presently balance safety and innovation.
In 1965, Administrator Halaby wrote the President about his frustrations getting Congress to enact legislation needed by the FAA. 50 yrs later, the FAA is faced with a similar challenge.
Obama’s OMB sent a letter to Senators listing problems with the FAA Reauthorization Act. Nothing directed to the value, need and benefits of NextGen.
What DoT may/may not do in response to the Norwegian Air proposal under a diplomatic document which the US initiated to spread aviation competition.