Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a long-term FAA reauthorization bill on Tuesday, sending the measure to the House of Representatives, where previous legislation stalled over plans to privatize ATC.

Lawmakers approved by a vote of 95-3 an amended measure that would fund the FAA through fiscal year 2017.

The Senate bill includes a number of provisions that are being championed by general aviation, including third-class medical reform, and would authorize annual increases in Airport Improvement Program funding, streamline certification for light GA aircraft, support a transition to unleaded aviation fuel, and make it easier to install modern safety equipment in legacy aircraft.

GA groups applauded the Senate bill’s passage for scrapping the ATC privatization proposal.

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