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Washington, DC, July 20, 2023 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed today’s strong bipartisan passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through fiscal year 2028.
The bill – H.R.3935, also known as the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act – contains several NBAA-supported provisions, including a first-ever general aviation title recognizing the sector’s important role in attracting new talent to the U.S. aviation industry, as well as targeted and meaningful improvements to the organization and protocols of the FAA, to increase the efficiency and the services of the agency.
“We thank Chairman Sam Graves and Ranking Member Rick Larsen for their vision, commitment to bipartisanship and willingness to work with stakeholders to address the challenges facing the national airspace system and reinforce the United States as the global leader in aviation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “I also thank NBAA members and other industry stakeholders who answered our recent call to action encouraging their elected representatives to support this important bill.”
Bolen noted the bill reflects the priorities NBAA outlined in testimony in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier this year, including prioritizing safety and ensuring it remains the north star guiding the industry’s future Read more about Bolen’s testimony.
Other NBAA-supported priorities include improvements to FAA aeromedical policies and procedures, direction that safety management system regulations should be properly scaled and investments in airport infrastructure to help facilitate the introduction of advanced air mobility vehicles and the transition from leaded aviation fuel. The bill requires consultation with the NextGen Advisory Committee to expedite, prioritize and fully implement NextGen programs. It also would sunset the use of the term “NextGen.”
The Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill, S.1939, remains under consideration by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Both House and Senate measures must be passed, reconciled and signed into law ahead of the expiration of the current FAA authorization on Sept. 30, 2023.
The House measure, H.R.3935, was introduced June 9 by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Graves (R-6-MO) with support from Committee Ranking Member Larsen (D-2-WA), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-6-LA) and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-9-TN).
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced that chamber’s FAA reauthorization bill, S.1939 on June 13, with co-sponsors Ranking Member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Aviation Subcommittee Chair Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS).
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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 10,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at nbaa.org.
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