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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told attendees at an A4A event earlier this week that the next FAA reauthorization should be transformational and that lawmakers will have to think big and bolder to craft a long-term FAA funding measure. The T&I Chair went on to say that major changes should be made to the way the aviation regulatory agency operates before another round of funding is approved next year. My guess is that we won’t have to wait long to see just what ‘bold and transformational’ means and what the impact might be on those items of interest to the states.

At the NASAO convention you heard Todd Hauptli, AAAE’s President, say it was important for the Associations to speak with one voice as we educate Congress on our needs on things like AIP, Contract Towers, EAS and NextGen and what funding levels for reauthorization should look like. The ‘one-voice’ message was also echoed by Captain Lee Moak (ALPA President) this week at a special meeting of the Management Council of the NextGen Institute in which your Interim President participated. Recognizing that there will continue to be parochial needs among the council members, the group agreed that we should identify those areas of common ground and work together to make sure our united voice is heard loud and clear on the Hill.

As you know, the $63 billion measure currently funding the FAA will expire in September 2015. Although there was early concern that FAA Reauthorization will now have to compete for the attention of Congress with the surface transportation bill, rumblings from a few Congressman suggest that won’t be the case. Shuster says that they’ve been working on the FAA bill for the better part of this year and nobody wants another 3-year, 23-extention reauthorization. A-men to that!


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