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  • Within the fabric of the fight for Spirit Airlines by JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines is an allegory for the American experience in 2022. The economic landscape is far less hospitable for the JetBlues of the world than it is for the Frontiers. JetBlue’s struggle is a symptom of a larger shift in American life.
  • The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is launching an audit of the FAA’s oversight of Boeing’s 737 and 787 production systems. The bipartisan Congressional request of the IG puts the FAA and Boeing, once again, under scrutiny over allegations of “ongoing production deficiencies and undue pressure” inside the plane maker’s two most important programs.
  • European aviation regulators unveiled “the world’s first” proposed rules for defining a framework for the operation of air taxis in urban environments. EASA’s methodical advancement comes as questions still persist over its U.S. counterpart’s increasingly confusing approach to eVTOL certification.
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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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