GAMA Applauds U.S. House Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act (H.R. 3935). This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill provides funding and direction to the agency, which has its current congressional authorization expiring on September 30, 2023. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO, Pete Bunce, released the following statement regarding passage of the House’s FAA reauthorization bill:
“The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act provides a strong foundation to set a positive trajectory for the FAA at a critical time for the agency. We applaud the House for its expedient work passing its FAA reauthorization bill and commend the leadership of Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Larsen, Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Graves and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Cohen, who were instrumental in ensuring this was a bipartisan bill. The House FAA reauthorization bill works to provide leadership, stability and direction to the FAA. We are pleased to see that the bill powerfully addresses regulatory process improvements, international engagement and leadership, and support for the emerging advanced air mobility sector. We particularly appreciate the extension and enhancements of critical aviation workforce development programs which are being expanded to focus on attracting the next generation of manufacturing workforce. We are also grateful for the work done by Representatives Carbajal, Yakym and Davids. They collaborated on an important amendment, adopted by the House, which establishes a pilot program to examine the use of technology in air traffic control towers to deliver more efficient digital clearances to aircraft through internet protocol for general aviation and on-demand Part 135 air operators.
“We are hopeful that momentum and bipartisanship will continue to build for Congress to pass a timely FAA reauthorization bill. GAMA is committed to working with Congress to ensure that the FAA reauthorization bill enhances the agency’s ability to deliver critical activities that promote safety, infrastructure, innovation and competitiveness.”