July 6, 2023
NBAA strongly encourages members of the business aviation community to join in calling for swift passage of an FAA reauthorization bill in the U.S. House of Representatives by lending their names to a digital petition to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-2-WA).
H.R. 3935, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, passed out of committee on June 14 and is slated for deliberation by the full House later this month.
In addition to reauthorizing the FAA for the next five years, the bill includes a first-ever general aviation (GA) title recognizing the segment’s many important roles, as well as investment in GA airport infrastructure, safe integration of advanced air mobility and policies and programs to strengthen, diversify and grow the aviation workforce.
Members may utilize NBAA’s Grassroots Action Center resource to add their names and companies to the petition, which will be sent directly to Graves and Larsen.
“We’re thrilled that, for the first time, this bill includes a title prioritizing GA safety, efficiency and airports,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “This is an exciting opportunity to advance general aviation, including business aviation, and it calls for an equally powerful demonstration of support from the NBAA membership.”
H.R. 3935 also includes improvements to FAA aeromedical policies and procedures including those addressing pilot mental health and expansion of BasicMed; direction that safety management system regulations should be properly scaled; digitization of FAA forms and processes to eliminate backlogs at the FAA; investments in fuel infrastructure to help facilitate the transition from leaded avgas; and direction to accelerate agency modernization and, ultimately, sunset the NextGen office.
Current FAA funding authorization expires on Sept. 30.