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NBAA reaffirms call for long-term FAA reauthorisation bill
A series of ongoing extensions to authorisation could disrupt long-term planning for the FAA. Extending into 2024 is not enough; the NBAA urges Congress to pass a multi-year authorisation bill as soon as feasible.

The NBAA marked the passage of a second congressional extension to maintain authorisation for FAA operations with a renewed call for Congress to move forward with a new multi-year authorisation bill for the agency.

With this extension, the FAA will operate through 8 March, 2024 under the terms of the five year FAA reauthorisation bill passed by Congress in 2018.

This is the second three-month extension passed in lieu of a long-term measure since the end of September. While the House of Representatives passed its long-term, bipartisan FAA reauthorisation measure earlier this year, similar legislation remains under consideration in Senate.

"We thank lawmakers for extending FAA authorisation into 2024," says president and CEO Ed Bolen. "However, an ongoing series of extensions creates the potential for disruptions to long-term planning for the FAA and to the operational, safety and other agency services needed by the aviation sector, which is among the nation's most highly regulated industries. We will continue working with Congress to pass a multi-year authorisation bill as soon as feasible."

In addition to securing the FAA's long-term operation, the House reauthorisation measure contains many priorities supported by NBAA, including removal of barriers to pursuing aviation careers and expanding the aviation workforce pipeline; improved training standards; and renewed funding for airport infrastructure, with a focus on investments for small and general aviation airports.

Last month, NBAA joined with other general aviation associations in submitting a written statement to a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on the risks in delays to securing a long-term FAA reauthorisation measure.

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