The Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation has jurisdiction over civil aviation, including: safety; security; technology; engineering; manufacturing; infrastructure; consumer protection; research and development; airspace, and international aviation matters. The subcommittee conducts oversight on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT) with respect to economic regulation of air carriers and passenger airline service.
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The U.S. Aviation Industry and Jobs: Keeping American Manufacturing Competitive
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold a hearing on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. titled, “The U.S. Aviation Industry and Jobs: Keeping American Manufacturing Competitive.” The hearing will examine actions the United States can take to maintain its leadership in the aviation sector as global competitors make advances. The hearing will also address critical competition issues facing the industry, such as trade and competitive barriers, workforce development, regulatory issues, and infrastructure modernization.
Press Releases 03/11/2014
Rockefeller Statement on NTSB Chair Debbie Hersman's Appointment to the National Safety Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement on the announcement that Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will be the next president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC):
Press Releases 01/15/2014
Rockefeller on UAS: Our Job is to Foster the Growth of this New Industry, Manage the Risks to Privacy and Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today gave opening remarks at the U.S. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled, "The Future of Unmanned Aviation in the U.S. Economy: Safety and Privacy Considerations." Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
The Future of Unmanned Aviation in the U.S. Economy: Safety and Privacy Considerations
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. to examine the growth of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, in the United States, including the potential economic benefits of drone operations, and the progress of steps taken to facilitate the development of the industry through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-95). The hearing will include consideration of safety and privacy issues surrounding the operation of drones in the United States.
Press Releases 12/20/2013
Rockefeller Has Serious Concerns About In-Flight Mobile Phone Calls
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler in which he expresses opposition to the possibility of allowing in-flight mobile phone calls. In particular, Rockefeller believes that allowing calls during flights would compromise the overall safety of a flight.
Press Releases 11/21/2013
Rockefeller, Thune, Carper, Coburn Introduce Resolution to Condemn LAX Shooting, Honor Victims and Those Who Responded to the Attack
Washington, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD), along with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today introduced a resolution to condemn the tragic shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on November 1, 2013. The resolution also honors victims of the shooting and praises those who helped with the response including Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, first responders, and law enforcement and medical personnel. The shooter killed Gerardo Hernandez, a TSA officer, wounded two other TSA officers, James Speer and Tony Grigsby, and injured a member of the traveling public, Brian Ludmer.
Press Releases 11/5/2013
Rockefeller Statement on New Pilot Training Rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule to strengthen pilot training, which was mandated by Congress in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.
POSTPONED: The U.S. Aviation Industry and Jobs: Keeping American Manufacturing Competitive
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is announcing the postponement of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. titled, “The U.S. Aviation Industry and Jobs: Maintaining U.S. Leadership in the Global Marketplace”.
Press Releases 11/1/2013
Rockefeller Statement on Shooting at LAX
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement after the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. "My thoughts go out to the victims of today's shooting at LAX. It's heartbreaking every time a shooting occurs and today's horrible event reminds us that aviation security extends all the way from the gates to the skies. TSA agents are at the front lines of protecting our nation and they deserve our support in carrying out risky and sensitive jobs. While some in Congress believe that privatizing our aviation security workforce would be preferable, these brave men and women are proving that the federal TSA agents are highly capable and ready to protect passengers every step of the way."
Press Releases 10/31/2013
Rockefeller Warns Passenger Use of Electronic Devices Must Not Compromise Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined that airlines can allow passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during the entire flight – including taxi, takeoff, and landing. Carriers will have to prove to the FAA that each type of aircraft can function safely while passengers use their devices. Passengers will still have to turn off the cellular service to use their device.