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  • Regulating the Regionals
    Posted by Jennifer Michels 12:35 PM on May 17, 2011

    In addition to the usual headaches of regional airline CEOS--fuel costs, keeping the economy in general healthy and deciding where they can grow--federal regulations and program funding is among them.

    As the Regional Airline Association annual conference starts today in Nashville, attendees will hear more about what to expect from Washington, and perhaps where things stand with the future of the Essential Air Service Program, which is threatened to be eliminated in the FAA reauthorization bill now in conference.

    I'm thinking it would be fantastic timing if a compromise between the House and Senate is reached by this afternoon so that the good news can be relayed by Secretary LaHood when he speaks during the general session around 4 p.m.

    Other regulatory/safety news will be conveyed by NTSB member Mark Rosekind during a Presidents' Council lunch today, Tuesday May 17.

    Stay tuned for more as this packed schedule starts today, which includes briefings by SuperJet, Embraer, ATR, GE Aviation, Mitsubishi, Pratt & Whitney and Saab
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    Tomorrow, the question of where regionals are headed will be answered by Greg Principato at ACI-NA, Bruce Ashby, a oneworld managing partner and Mike Ambrose with the European Regions Airline Association.

    Tags: tw99, raa11, LaHood, regionals

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