Hearings we’ll be watching this week

This week, House panels will address two interesting aviation issues and the Senate Commerce Committee will explore industry competitiveness.

Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing to review the FAA’s Contract Tower Program.  This program, which provides private air traffic control services at smaller airports, has been the subject of a DOT IG report and audit.   The DOT IG and others will provide testimony in regard to the new audit and the program.  The hearing will be held at 10am on July 18th in room 2167.

Also today, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold a hearing on “The Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Aviation Industry: Addressing Competition Issues to Maintain U.S. Leadership in the Aerospace Market.” This hearing will address critical competition issues facing the U.S. aviation industry, including workforce development, regulatory issues, and access to foreign markets.  The hearing will be held at 3pm in 253 Russell.

On July 19th, the House Homeland Security Committee will explore security issues relating to unmanned aerial systems.  The hearing, titled “Using Unmanned Aerial Systems Within the Homeland: Security Game Changer?” will begin at 9:30a.m. in 311 Cannon.

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