FAA Funding Bill Now Law

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The FAA’s new reauthorization bill was approved by both the House and the Senate over the last few weeks, and now has passed the final hurdle—the president’s signature—to become the new law of the land. The bill provides $90 billion in funding over five years, making it the longest-term FAA bill since 1982. GA advocacy groups welcomed the new law, noting several GA-friendly provisions—no user fees, no ATC privatization, and insurance protections for volunteer pilots conducting charitable flights. The bill also removes some restrictions on designated pilot examiners that should make it easier for pilots to schedule checkrides.

In a statement posted online, the FAA said the bill “delivers a safer, more secure and efficient aviation system to the traveling public and helps fuel economic growth and competitiveness.” It will strengthen the FAA’s infrastructure and maintain U.S. leadership in innovation, the FAA said, adding: “We applaud the House and the Senate in crafting a bipartisan bill, and with its signing, the FAA is ready to get to work on the bill’s key provisions.” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi also welcomed the bill. “The five-year reauthorization is a key part of providing long-term stability for the FAA, which NATCA has advocated for over the last several years," he said in a statement. "It supports air traffic control services, staffing, hiring and training, long-term modernization, preventative maintenance, ongoing modernization of the physical infrastructure, and maintaining services to all segments of our nation’s diverse aviation community."

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There may be a lot of good things in this bill but one item that should not have been included is repealing the model airplane exemption to the registration and license scheme the FAA wanted. With all the "security" paranoia going on it is a real shame an activity that has never bothered anyone in the past is now subject to rules it neither needs or asked for. Considering how tight FAA resources are I am wondering where the FAA is going to get the funding and personnel to regulate and enforce these silly rules without taking more resources away from other much more important areas. It should make interesting publicity when the FAA fines some poor 12 year old for violations of these new "rules" flying his/her model airplane. Another fine example of the government and regulators run amuck!!!

Posted by: matthew wagner | October 9, 2018 7:58 PM    Report this comment

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