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NBAA Lauds Passage of Bipartisan, Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, Oct. 3, 2018 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed congressional passage of legislation to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2023. The bill now heads to the president for his signature.

"On behalf of our more than 11,000 members, NBAA thanks congressional leaders for making this important legislation a priority,” said Bolen. “This bill will provide a stable path forward for the FAA without controversial proposals to privatize our nation's air traffic control (ATC) system. It is imperative that the agency be allowed to focus on modernization of our national airspace system without distractions.

“In the debate over this legislation, the general aviation community made its voice heard as never before, and it made all the difference in the outcome,” Bolen added. “The so-called privatization proposals put forward would have restricted our access to airports and airspace – threatening the future of business aviation.”

In addition to reauthorizing FAA funding and programs, the bill contains provisions that are priorities for the general aviation community, including efforts to address aviation-workforce challenges. The bill also supports critical airport investment, improves the letter of authorization process for Part 91 operators, allows the FAA registry to continue operating during a government shutdown and preserves the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, which protects the privacy and security of aircraft operators.

There are also significant changes to the regulation and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and continued improvements to aircraft certification. Finally, the bill seeks to streamline FAA oversight of operators and provide for more consistent regulatory interpretations across the agency.

Review a copy of “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018” in its entirety.


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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (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 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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