Updates from the HAI Government Affairs Team on the White House Summit on AAM, The NCSL Legislative Summit, and more.

HAI President and CEO Attends White House Summit on AAM
HAI President and CEO Jim Viola attended the White House Summit on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Officials, groups, associations, and other industry stakeholders in the AAM space were invited to attend. The summit featured keynote presentations from NASA, the FAA, local community leaders, the US Army, the Department of Transportation, and the White House. The summit also hosted several panel discussions which featured panelists from federal agencies, academia, and the AAM industry. Presentation and panel discussion topics explored the benefits of AAM, security concerns, preparations for the next generation of flight, and American global leadership and competitiveness. HAI thanks the White House for this opportunity to learn more about the future of vertical lift and work alongside other industry leaders as the United States begins to integrate AAM technologies into the National Airspace System.

Senate Reaches Reconciliation Deal, Includes SAF Provisions
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reached a deal on budget reconciliation and announced the details of the agreement last Wednesday, Jul. 27. The legislation, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, provides $739 billion in deficit-reduction measures over 10 years and would reduce the deficit by about $306 billion over a decade. The bill would also provide $369 billion in funds for energy and climate measures. This climate funding includes five years of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tax provisions. The SAF blender’s tax credit (BTC) would be in place for 2023–2024 only. The clean fuel production credit (CFPC), which applies to all transportation fuel and provides an enhanced value for SAF relative to ground transportation, would apply for 2025–2027. According to this timeline, there would be two years of the SAF BTC at $1.25–$1.75 per gallon and 3 years of the CFPC up to $1.75. SAF and other transportation fuels will qualify under the CFPC as long as their emissions are less than 50 kg/MMBtu. The refundability provisions of the SAF BTC will remain.

Senate Democrats plan to pass the measure this week under the fiscal 2022 budget reconciliation instructions, which require only a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the usual 60 votes. The legislation will then move to the House for a vote.

Senate Releases Spending Bills
Senate Democrats released their 12 annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2023 last Thursday, Jul. 28. The bills were released to provide an opening offer in spending talks and pave the path for bipartisan compromise after months of stalled negotiations. Although the legislation has now been released, Congress is unlikely to strike a funding deal anytime soon. It is more likely that members of Congress will rely on a stopgap funding measure after the Sep. 30 government funding deadline and reach a deal on funding during the November-December lame duck session. A “lame duck session” is a phrase used to describe the portion of a regular session that falls after an election, but before the next Congress convenes in January.

Cade Clark (left) and John Shea with Carolyn Hicks Mayle, Air Methods Vice President, Government Affairs.

HAI Government Affairs Attends NCSL
HAI VP of Government Affairs Cade Clark and Director of Government Affairs John Shea spent the past few days in Denver, Colorado, attending the 2022 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit. This event serves as a common space for state legislators, legislative staff, foundation sponsors, government officials, business representatives, educators, and other public policy advocates to connect and discuss legislative priorities. HAI had the opportunity to meet with representatives from all 50 states and share insights regarding the vertical lift industry. While in Denver, Cade and John met with Air Methods to learn more about their operations and to discuss important issues facing the air medical industry.

 

Authors

  • HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.

  • John Shea joined HAI as director of government affairs in 2019. He came to HAI from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), where he was interim president in 2018 and lead government affairs representative since 2017. Previously, as a legislative staffer, John advised multiple members of Congress on transportation policy.

  • Emma Taylor joined HAI as a policy analyst in 2020. She graduated cum laude from Villanova University in December 2019 with a major in political science. Driven by her passion for public policy and advocacy, Emma is thrilled to start her career at HAI and has since developed a deeper appreciation for the vertical lift industry.

Cade Clark

Cade Clark

HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.