An Aviation Angle On The Election

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What are the differences between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama when it comes to issues involving aviation and aerospace? A special report by Aviation Week this week examines their policies, noting that "for many aerospace and aviation interests, McCain is a known but feared quantity, while Obama is a blank slate." FAA reauthorization, fuel costs, and modernizing the national airspace system will all be on the next president's agenda. Senator Obama has said he aims to modernize air traffic control, wants better aviation security, and also wants to revitalize the nation's infrastructure, including airports, according to Aviation Week. Senator McCain has taken an active role in aviation matters as they pertain to military procurement. Editor-in-Chief Anthony L. Velocci Jr. notes in the report that ironically, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her team had provided the most detailed policy positions on many of these areas.

"She produced a position paper that framed her thoughts on subjects that McCain and Obama have either skirted or ignored during 16 months of campaigning - even though one or the other, as President, will play a pivotal role in decisions that will have far-reaching consequences," says Velocci. The rest of the online report is available only to subscribers.