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FAA Reauthorization Postponed: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 26, 2016

FAA Reauthorization Postponed: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

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Looks like the FAA’s staying with the status quo for a little while longer. Congress has determined that the agency’s reauthorization bill has no chance of being ready by the March 31 deadline, so an extension was granted on the FAA’s current set of rules and regulations. July is now looking like the target month for the reauthorization bill to pass. Click for more on this complex issue.

These days, promoting a brand on social media is more important than ever, and air carriers are right on top of that — with varying degrees of success. The company Engagement Labs has created a proprietary tool that analyzes each airline’s ability to create buzz online, along with other metrics. Click to learn more.

Supersonic commercial air transport may be returning sooner rather than later, masterminded by a small Colorado company named Boom. Its secret? Using off-the-shelf parts and materials already on the market. The Virgin Group is interested in a finished product, so this is more than pie-in-the-sky. Click for details.

The super fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with some savvy route-planning by airlines could make long-haul layovers a thing of the past. Because these direct flights are based on technological innovation, smaller carriers can jump into the fray — leading to more competition, which is always a good thing for consumers. Click for more.

After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over a Ukraine conflict area in 2014, the International Civil Aviation Organization (a UN agency) created an online database with an aim to assist airlines in routing around war zones. But the site has drawn the ire of European officials due to its infrequent updates, and even though the ICAO says they are aware of the problem and working on it, a EU task force is calling for a better system that keeps everyone on the same page. Click to find out more about this UN/EU conflict.


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