Sen. Maria Cantwell was named Monday the chairwoman of the senate panel that oversees aviaition.\
Technically, it's known as the aviation operations, safety and security subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which is admittedly two long names with lots of commas. It's main goal right now is to handle the Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill, to modernize air traffic control systems and expand airport capacity, which was described by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as the first "jobs bill" of this Congress
Of course, Washington has a few more ties to aviation than just its airport. There's that company that makes many of those planes that fly in and out of the airports. You know the one. Starts with a "B".