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Washington, DC, April 28, 2022 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded action taken in the U.S. House of Representatives on two key pieces of aviation legislation – one, a bill focused on accelerating the growth of advanced air mobility (AAM), the other, a measure establishing a groundbreaking workforce-development initiative.
Both bills were reviewed and approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, a key step in the congressional legislative process.
The first bill, the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM Act), authorizes funding to plan for and eventually build critical new AAM infrastructure, by leveraging existing vertiports and other public transportation facilities to support AAM operations and fosters community engagement programs to introduce the new technologies to a diverse set of communities.
The proposal, H.R. 6270, was first introduced last December by T&I Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2-WA), Ranking Aviation Subcommittee Member Garret Graves (R-6-LA) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-1-NV). The bipartisan measure was immediately met with strong support from NBAA and a broad group of stakeholders, including NBAA’s AAM Roundtable, a group of high-level sector leaders charting a course for integration of the pioneering technologies into the nation’s airspace and infrastructure.
“We thank Reps. Larsen, Graves and Titus for their leadership in introducing this important legislation, and their House colleagues for their strong support for the advancement of these pioneering on-demand aviation technologies,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
The second bill acted on today by the House T&I committee establishes a National Center for the Advancement of Aviation, which will bring together stakeholders from across the military and private sectors, in part to provide STEM-focused resources to high school and collegiate curriculum developers.
The bill, H.R. 3482, was introduced in May 2021 by Rep. Andre Carson (D-7-IN) and the late Rep. Don Young (R-At Large-AK), who passed away in March. Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate was introduced in Feb. 2020 by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
“NBAA is totally committed to promoting the development of our industry’s future workforce and we look forward to doing all we can to ensure passage of this legislation,” Bolen said.
Both bills will now move to the House floor for deliberation.
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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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