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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

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