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The aviation industry plays a critical role in the American economy, and this group recognizes its vast importance. The aviation sector transports 900 million passengers every year and is responsible for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, nearly 12 million jobs, and represents 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, the industry’s $83 billion trade surplus is the largest trade surplus within the U.S. economy. Tying this all together is a complex infrastructure network of airports and air traffic control operated by, among many others, millions of highly skilled pilots, mechanics and other technicians, and air traffic controllers. The tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government over the decades, translated into the safest airspace in the world. But, while the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, America has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers. Today, congestion and delays plague U.S. airports while high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology; qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel in the next 30 years have grown increasingly scarce; and new technologies are challenging airline safety and security.
December 8, 2023 - With the Senate Commerce Committee still unable to produce a comprehensive aviation reauthorization bill, the House...
December 1, 2023 | Kirbie Ferrell
November 30, 2023 - Chairman Garret Graves (R-LA) convened the House Aviation Subcommittee to hear invited testimony related to the...
October 27, 2023 | Jeff Davis
October 27, 2023 - Mike Whitaker was sworn in for a five-year term as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration...
October 20, 2023 | Emily Kilheeney
October 20, 2023 - Eno is partnering with three major metropolitan airports to launch an exciting and innovative airport-led program...
October 20, 2023 | Jeff Davis
October 20, 2023 - Yesterday, the Treasury Department released the end-of-fiscal-year receipt reports for all federal trust funds, including the...
October 6, 2023 | Jeff Davis
October 6, 2023 - Mike Whitaker, the new nominee to run the Federal Aviation Administration, received a generally warm hearing...
September 8, 2023 | Jeff Davis
September 8, 2023 - Yesterday, President Biden nominated Michael Whitaker to be the next FAA Administrator.
August 18, 2023 | Sohail Husain
August 18, 2023 - Earlier this month, regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed to extend a limited waiver...
July 28, 2023 | Jeff Davis
July 28, 2023 - The Department of Transportation issued a final rule this week mandating that airlines upgrade the lavatories...
July 21, 2023 | Jeff Davis
July 21, 2023 - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a five-year, $108 billion aviation reauthorization bill by a resoundingly...
July 20, 2023 | Jeff Davis
July 20, 2023 - The House completed most of its consideration and debate on the FAA reauthorization bill yesterday, rejecting...
July 14, 2023 | Jeff Davis
July 14, 2023 - The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 3935) on the...
Aviation Working Group
Eno’s Aviation Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to aviation policy. The group provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging contemporary aviation issues. The goal of the group is to
(1) educate the public at large as well as policy makers as to the importance of the aviation industry to the U.S. economy;
(2) identify the roadblocks to progress, innovation, and modernization; and
(3) propose bold, pragmatic policy solutions to help tackle those challenges.
Focus Areas for Current Work:
UAS Integration: Research alternatives for certifying and integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system and craft clear and actionable policy recommendations for a path forward
Workforce: Identify causes and solutions for workforce shortages across the industry to provide actionable recommendations for leaders
Policy Analysis: Provide analysis and recommendations to inform federal aviation policy related to funding and finance issues, air traffic control reform, and certification.
- Airlines for America
- Air Line Pilots Association
- Airport Minority Advisory Council
- American Airlines
- Association of Equipment Manufacturers
- International Air Transport Association
- Japan International Transport Institute, USA (JITI)
- National Air Traffic Controllers Association
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce