Ray LaHood

August 6, 2012 - 1:20pm
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The long-simmering dispute over Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) heated up after a U.S. Senate committee advanced legislation that would empower the secretary of transportation to prohibit American airlines from participating in the carbon cap-and-trade construct.

August 2, 2012 - 4:35pm

While the U.S. Senate was taking further action this week to oppose the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), a coalition of industry groups sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging the Obama Administration to take action against what the group calls the “unilateral and unlawful” EU carbon tax.

July 31, 2012 - 3:15pm

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is contemplating filing a lawsuit challenging the mandatory North Shore VFR helicopter route over New York’s Long Island that the FAA recently enacted. The route becomes effective August 6 and has drawn fire from operators because a substantial portion of it is over water.

May 24, 2012 - 3:27pm

Less than two weeks before California’s June 5 primary election, some federal lawmakers in the state are again making helicopter noise in the Los Angeles area a campaign issue. In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, seven members from California’s congressional delegation are urging him to jump-start the public comment period of the FAA rulemaking process.

March 12, 2012 - 10:00am
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaks at 2012 FAA Forecast Conference.

Critics vented frustration with Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) during the FAA Forecast Conference March 8 in Washington, D.C. Leading the chorus of criticism, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hinted that the U.S. government is considering “enforcement measures” to counter the European Union regulati

February 2, 2012 - 3:10pm

NBAA has applauded a strongly worded letter from two high-ranking U.S. government officials to European Union president Manuel Barroso, warning that Washington will take “appropriate action” if the EU continues demanding that aircraft registered in the U.S.

January 2, 2012 - 5:50am

Former airline captain and pilot’s union president J. Randy Babbitt resigned abruptly as FAA Administrator on December 6 in the wake of a drunk-driving arrest in Northern Virginia, just outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway.

December 6, 2011 - 4:32pm
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned from the FAA in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in a northern Virginia suburb on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

August 30, 2011 - 6:25am

When Congress adjourned for summer recess last month without extending FAA funding for the 21st time, leaving thousands of furloughed workers in a state of limbo, only a promise to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to “protect” small communities from a loss of scheduled air service would finally convince the Senate to pass a House bill described by Democrats as another

August 8, 2011 - 9:30am
House Transportation Committee chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) (Photo: Paul Lowe)...

U.S. congressional leaders agreed August 4 to a temporary funding extension of the FAA, ending a two-week standoff that forced the agency to furlough 4,000 employees and stop work on 219 airport construction projects employing some 70,000 workers.

 
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