The legislation now moves to the full Senate.

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has approved a sweeping package of aviation policies and infrastructure that include reauthorization of the FAA. HAI applauded the progress that the Senate made in addressing key aviation issues such as growing the workforce and enabling the successful integration of cutting-edge aircraft.

“The Commerce Committee’s approval of FAA reauthorization legislation today brings us one step closer to addressing challenges within the agency and improving policies to best support vertical aviation,” says James Viola, HAI president and CEO. “We thank the committee leadership for their bipartisan efforts to get a bill passed into law before the Mar. 8 deadline, when the current FAA authorization expires.”

The legislation now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.

HAI was buoyed by the committee’s effort to tackle the aviation workforce shortage, especially the need for more aviation maintenance technicians.

Viola indicated that HAI would work with lawmakers to address issues such as equitable access to the National Airspace System and maintaining its safety as the number of uncrewed aircraft increases.

“The vertical aviation industry is encouraged by the progress made yesterday and remains optimistic that the House and Senate will work to pass in a timely manner a final package that retains the best components of each version,” Viola adds.

Learn more about the FAA reauthorization bill.


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