The U.S. House of Representatives, passed a long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization. Congressman Sam Graves, (MO06), released the following statement:
“As a pilot and policymaker I’ve been interacting with people in the aviation community for more than two decades now,” said Graves. “From daily conversations with fellow pilots to personal experiences I’ve had with the FAA, I understand the issues that face the industry. Today’s passage will give the FAA and users of the systems five years of certainty – something that has been missing for too long. Moving forward, we are ensuring that all who rely on our air space can continue flying safely, securely and freely. America has always been a leader and pioneer in aviation since the days of the Wright Brothers and passage of this bill ensures that continues.”
Graves Legislative Victories:
· Guarantees $1 billion for small airport grant program which will result in an additional $5 billion grant opportunities for airports over five-years
· Fix to FAA policy on receiving payment for living history flights; we are finally going to get this done and stop the rogue interpretations from FAA offices in the field
· Allowing for more widespread testing of replacement fuels for AvGas
· Requiring FAA to restore the ‘all makes and models’ certificate for pilots of experimental aircraft
· Extending the aircraft registration period from 3 years to 10 years
· Require FAA to mediate scheduling disputes between FAA approved airshows and major sporting events
· Expansion of state block grant authority from 10 to 20 states; my home state of Missouri uses this authority which allows states to have more control over the airport funds rather than the federal government
· Preventing discriminatory taxes at airports that target certain industries like rental cars
· Fixing the hangar use issue by amending FAA guidance on aeronautical use to ensure construction of an aircraft in any stage is in compliance with grant assurances
· Requiring a report on the use of ‘proprietary exclusive right’ by airports
· Ensuring the Oklahoma Registry office is designated an ‘essential government service’ to ensure future Administration’s don’t play politics with the aircraft registration during a government shutdown
· And we continue to help broker a compromise on tower marking requirements for our Ag Aviation folks to ensure they can continue to fly safely without fear of unmarked towers
One big highlight of the bill is the long overdue reforms that streamline the FAA certification process.
“I previously worked on the precursor reforms to this process with the passage of my bill, the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act in 2013. I look forward to seeing the benefits of these reforms be applied more broadly to the aviation manufacturing community as the certification reform provisions contained in the House FAA bill go into effect.”
H.R. 4 is a bipartisan five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in airports across the country, improve America’s competitiveness in the global aviation sector, strengthen passenger protections, and ensure the safety of the system for the traveling public.
H.R. 4 will also help communities across the country better prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters of all kinds. The bipartisan FEMA reforms in H.R. 4 will provide greater focus on pre-disaster mitigation in order to lessen the impacts of future disasters like those that devastated far too many of our communities in 2017. Building smarter and building better – before disaster strikes – will save lives and money.