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Washington, DC, Dec. 17, 2021 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill to facilitate the expansion of advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure, an industry poised to revolutionize sustainable air transportation.
Introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2), Ranking Aviation Subcommittee Member Garret Graves (R-LA-6) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1), the bipartisan Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM Act) directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to create a pilot program to offer planning and construction grants to support the development of necessary infrastructure to support AAM operations, including public-use vertiports.
Powered by electric or hybrid propulsion, AAM offers significant potential to improve mobility and complement existing public transportation networks while reducing congestion and carbon and noise emissions. Studies indicate the AAM industry may support nearly 300,000 new jobs and represent a $115 billion annual market by 2035.
The House bill results from advocacy efforts led by NBAA with the support of a broad group of aviation stakeholders to underscore the importance of beginning AAM planning and construction now so that our nation can take full advantage of the technology. Through NBAA’s AAM Roundtable, a forum established earlier this year for high-level sector leaders to chart a course for integrating AAM technologies into the nation’s airspace and infrastructure, NBAA is raising awareness of the industry with leading policymakers.
“The successful integration of AAM will depend upon comprehensive planning, construction, and community input,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The targeted investments proposed in this legislation will assist U.S. state, local and tribal governments in creating new, innovative, and sustainable air transportation networks throughout our country that will support hundreds of thousands of green jobs while also ensuring our nation’s global leadership in aviation.”
The grant program would also help fund the safe integration of AAM into the nation’s airspace, leverage existing public transportation facilities to support AAM operations, and develop inclusive community engagement programs to assist with incorporating the technology into existing infrastructure.
The bill provides a path for communities to apply for construction funding for vertiports and associated infrastructure after completing the planning process. Including construction funding in the legislation is critical to ensuring that a diverse set of communities have access to AAM and its mobility benefits.
“Through our Grassroots Action Center, we encourage NBAA members to let their elected officials know the importance of this legislation to successful AAM integration. When members of Congress hear directly from constituents, our message is most effective,” explained Bolen.
Visit NBAA’s grassroots action center to support the AAIM Act (H.R. 6270).
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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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