FAA REAUTHORIZATION AND MODERNIZATION
As a direct result of recent efforts, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which does not contain the controversial plan to “privatize” our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. Under the bill, FAA programs and funding are reauthorized for five-years, through 2023.
The entire general aviation community should be extremely proud of its efforts to oppose the so-called ATC privatization plan, which would have restricted our access to airports and airspace – threatening the future of business aviation. Through tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to Congress, the voice of general aviation was heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill, leading to this victory.
In addition to reauthorizing the FAA, the bill contains many provisions that are priorities for the general aviation community, some of which include:
• Working to address aviation workforce challenges through targeted grant programs, task forces and studies that will allow collaboration between industry and government.
• Requiring FAA to continue the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program which protects the privacy and security of aircraft operators.
• Designating the FAA Aircraft Registry as a critical function which will remain open during potential government shutdowns.
• Continuing reforms to the aircraft certification process aimed at reducing delays and increasing accountability.
• Seeking ways to improve FAA oversight of operators and providing more consistent regulatory interpretations across the agency.
On NextGen implementation and modernization, the bill requires additional reporting from FAA on specific performance targets and metrics. NBAA has taken a leadership role in working collaboratively with FAA to achieve NextGen goals and we will continue those efforts.
While this legislation provides much needed certainty for the next five years, we must continue to remain vigilant for future legislative or regulatory threats to our airport and airspace access. Thank you again for your efforts – I am incredibly grateful for how we came together to achieve this victory.
NBAA President & CEO