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Update 2018 FAA Authorization Legislation

On Friday, October 5th, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 302 - The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The legislation (Public Law No. 115-254) reauthorizes the FAA for five years and provides $96.7 billion in funding. This enacted law incorporates language from the House and Senate FAA bills and includes eleven other unrelated bills from over six committees in each chamber, including issues related to NTSB and TSA. 

The House passed the compromise legislation on September 26th
The Senate passed the compromise legislation on October 3rd

The Reauthorization Act contains many provisions beneficial to aviation businesses, including:

  • Regulatory consistency
  • Certification reform
  • Language that significantly waters down concerns from the House bill related to flight expense sharing
  • Language that addresses concerns related to Part 135 rest and duty rules
  • Efforts to support the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians
  • A review and report of the Illegal Charter Hotline and recommendations for improving DOT efforts to combat illegal charter.

In a press statement released following President Trump's enactment, NATA President Gary Dempsey stated: “We look forward to working with the Administration and federal agencies – including the FAA, Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – on implementing many provisions important to our membership. It’s now time to get to work on executing these important initiatives that contribute to the safety and modernization of our nation’s air transportation system.”

A summary of H.R. 302 can be found here.
Successes in H.R. 302, spearheaded and supported by NATA, can be found here.  

For more information about this and other issues related to reauthorization or the FAA please contact Rebecca Mulholland, Director of Legislative Affairs, at  rmulholland@nata.aero


Government Shutdown Continues – NATA On Hand to Help
As we ring in 2019, all eyes are on Washington and what the Administration and the new Congress will do to end the government shutdown. The 116th Congress will gavel in on Thursday where House Democrats will propose a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8th and the other unfunded departments, including the Department of Transportation, for the rest of the fiscal year through September 30th. It is expected that Republicans and President Trump will not support the proposal. The stalemate is over funding for President Trump’s border wall, and Democrats and Republicans refuse to budge from their positions of the morality of, and amount for, the wall. Until a resolution is reached and funding is provided to the seven unfunded departments, other legislative priorities like infrastructure are put on hold. As NATA President Gary Dempsey noted to the membership 10 days ago when the shutdown took effect, air traffic services, the collection of aviation taxes, and the FAA’s aircraft registration activities remain active. However, activities including the issuance of airmen certificates and facility security inspections are stopped. NATA legislative and regulatory staff are on hand to answer any questions you have during the shutdown - click here or call (800) 808-6282 to contact a member of the government affairs staff. NATA will continue to update you as events warrant.

For more information on DOT, FAA and DHS essential and ceased operations, click here