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HAI Commends Introduction of SAF Tax Credit Legislation
HAI released a statement May 20 applauding Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), and Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) for introducing the Sustainable Skies Act. The legislation provides a blender tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to incentivize the production and use of the low-carbon substance. HAI’s joint statement with other general aviation leaders was also quoted in the sponsors’ press release.
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HAI Commends Introduction of Promoting Service in Transportation Act
HAI commends Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA-02), Don Young (R-AK-At-large District), and Angie Craig (D-MN-02) for introducing the Promoting Service in Transportation Act. This bipartisan legislation promotes career opportunities in the transportation sector and advocates for more diversity in the industry through workforce outreach programs. The bill aims to help build a more dynamic transportation workforce that will serve future industry needs.
The vertical flight sector is expected to be transformed with the introduction of advanced air mobility (AAM) technology, and this transformation will require a well-rounded, highly equipped workforce to successfully advance industry initiatives. HAI President and CEO Jim Viola voiced his support for the new legislation in Rep. Larsen’s .
HAI Joins Aviation Industry Proposing Emissions-Reduction Legislation
In to various congressional aviation committees dated May 18, HAI joined the aviation industry, unions, and business and general aviation groups outlining a series of wide-ranging and comprehensive legislative proposals to achieve significant carbon emissions reductions. These proposals focus on four key areas:
- Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development, production, and distribution
- Low-/no-emissions technologies deployment
- Aviation environmental research and development
- Air traffic management modernization.
The letter urges the committee’s leaders to include the proposals in upcoming infrastructure legislation to provide the aviation industry—one of the most difficult to decarbonize—a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leap ahead in meeting its environmental goals.
Legislative proposals available .
House Aviation Subcommittee Hosts ATC Modernization Roundtable
The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hosted a virtual roundtable discussion, “Final Approach: An Update on ATC Modernization,” on May 18, the purpose of which was to gather input from stakeholders about where air traffic control (ATC) modernization stands and determine the needs of the FAA, stakeholders, and industry to implement NextGen efforts.
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) asked for a time line of when NextGen would be fully operational. According to the FAA, the broad concepts of NextGen are complete, and the next step is to operationally implement these concepts and technologies. By 2030, most ATC modernization capabilities should be fully operational and delivering benefits.
HAI has long been a proponent of ATC modernization and continues to advocate for federal investment to support it.
Appropriations Subcommittee Holds FAA Safety Oversight Hearing
Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held an FAA safety oversight hearing with FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. When asked about the progress of advanced air mobility (AAM), Dickson said he expected the first design certifications in 2023 and the first operations as early as 2024. He also said that to ensure the successful integration of AAM, the FAA must establish strong infrastructure, safety rules, and air traffic control protocols in addition to vehicle certification.
White House Encouraged by Recent Infrastructure Discussions
President Joe Biden met with Senate Republicans on May 18 to discuss the GOP’s latest updates on its infrastructure counterproposal. Republicans have signaled that they will offer a second, larger infrastructure proposal in the coming days, potentially totaling as much as $800 billion. Details are still in the works, according to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who is leading the counteroffer discussions for the Republicans.
Although no agreement was made on a total spending figure or funding plans, the White House has reported it was “encouraged” by the recent discussions. Other participants at Tuesday’s meeting included Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, along with several other senior White House officials.
HAI continues to work with Congress to advance the vertical flight industry’s infrastructure priorities.
Massachusetts Legislature Revitalizes Aviation Caucus
HAI joined a virtual conference May 17 with approximately 60 other attendees, including multiple state legislators and aviation professionals, to discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities in the state of Massachusetts. In the meeting, state Rep. Natalie Blais and state Sen. John Velis were named co-chairs of the Aviation Caucus. HAI’s government affairs team was present to engage with legislators and regional industry organization leaders on important issues facing the industry.