Manufacturers welcome the Senate’s strong, bipartisan passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. This five-year bill, which passed 93-6, will provide certainty for aviation infrastructure investments and enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers in America. Manufacturers rely on the nation’s air transportation system to help support business competitiveness, efficiency and growth. Stable and reliable funding is critical to advance continued investment in airports, runways and the strength of the entire aviation system.
Modernization of aviation infrastructure is a key priority contained in the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Building to Win infrastructure blueprint, and on Tuesday, the NAM sent a letter to all U.S. senators urging them to support the legislation.
In addition to funding key FAA programs through 2023, the bill includes reforms that would enhance the competitiveness of U.S. aerospace manufacturing through improvements to the FAA’s certification processes for aircraft design and modification. It also provides additional funding to assist with crucial airport and runway infrastructure improvements. In addition, the legislation maintains important ongoing efforts to harmonize lithium battery regulations with international standards and improvements to FAA drone regulations.