Here are some coming attractions: the House aviation subcommittee will be holding two hearings in coming weeks which I hope to report on. On February 7, they’ll discuss the president’s 2009 budget requests for the FAA, which will appear after the State of the Union address. Expect to see a user fee proposal similar to last year’s. Subcommittee chairman Jerry Costello blames the Senate for not acting on the FAA funding bill sent over by the House.
The subcommittee will also look on February 13 at runway safety, a pressing issue given the recent high-profile near-miss at Newark. The hearing will likely address how the FAA is handling runway safety since adopting the more stringent ICAO definition of a runway incursion in October 2007.
As I mentioned earlier, I am looking forward to the great show of merger-related hearings in both chambers.