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NBAA Again Urges Congress to Pass FAA Reauthorization Bill

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded congressional action taken thus far to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernize America's aviation system, and once again called upon Congress to pass final FAA "reauthorization" (funding) legislation before the end of 2008.

Earlier today, the Senate cleared a three-month extension of FAA funding and programs through September 30, 2008. The House approved the extension legislation, H.R. 6327, on June 24, and it will now be sent the President for his signature. The previous extension was set to expire on June 30.

An FAA reauthorization bill passed last year by the House, and under consideration by the Senate, includes an adjustment to the general aviation fuel tax to provide additional funding each year for continued transformation toward a satellite-based aviation system, also known as "NextGen."

"NBAA appreciates the good work Congress has done to date on FAA reauthorization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This short term extension is a good step, because it will give the FAA authority to continue to operate. But, today's action also underscores the need to pass a multi-year reauthorization bill that will provide stability and build on the efforts already underway to modernize the nation's air transportation system. So we remain hopeful that Congress will complete its work on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill in 2008."

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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