|U.S. Senate, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster. Photo: Wikipedia|
[Avionics Magazine 04-20-2016] After the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 by the U.S. Senate, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said lawmakers are still considering a bill to change the structure of the FAA. The Senate bill reauthorizes the FAA through fiscal year 2017 and includes provisions to help passengers, strengthen aviation security, and provide for safer operation of drones.
Shuster released a statement following the passage of the bill noting that the House is still considering the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.
“I appreciate the work of the Senate and Chairman Thune in moving an FAA bill. We will take a look at the completed product, but in the House, we will continue to push forward with the AIRR Act. Transformational air traffic control reform is absolutely necessary to end the unacceptable status quo at the FAA and to ensure the future of America’s aviation system. I look forward to working with the Senate to complete a final bill this Congress," said Shuster.
In March, Congress approved the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016, providing short term funding for the FAA through July 15, 2016.