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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has welcomed the introduction today in the United States House of Representatives of a bill to facilitate the expansion of advanced air mobility infrastructure (AAM), an industry ready to revolutionize sustainable air transport.
Introduced by the Chairman of the House Aviation Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2), Classification Aviation Subcommittee member Garret Graves (R- LA-6) and Representative Dina Titus (D-NV-1), the advanced bipartisan Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM Act) orders the United States Secretary of Transportation to create a pilot program to offer planning and construction grants to support the development of the infrastructure necessary to support AAM operations, including public use vertiports.
Powered by electric or hybrid propulsion, the AAM offers significant potential to improve mobility and complement existing public transport networks while reducing traffic congestion and reducing carbon and noise emissions. Studies indicate that the AAM industry could support nearly 300,000 new jobs and represent an annual market of $ 115 billion by 2035.
The House bill is the result of advocacy efforts led by the NBAA with the support of a broad group of aviation stakeholders to stress the importance of starting the planning and construction of the AAM now so that our country can take full advantage of technology. Through the NBAA AAM Roundtable, a forum established earlier this year for high-level industry leaders to chart the course for integrating AAM technologies into the country’s airspace and infrastructure, the NBAA educates key policy makers in the industry.
“The success of the AAM integration will depend on comprehensive planning, construction and community input,” said Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA. “The targeted investments proposed in this legislation will help U.S. states, local and tribal governments create new, innovative and sustainable air transport networks across our country that will support hundreds of thousands of green jobs while ensuring global leadership. of our country in the field of aviation. “
The grant program would also help fund the safe integration of AAM into the country’s airspace, leverage existing public transport facilities to support AAM operations, and develop community engagement programs. inclusive to help incorporate technology into existing infrastructure.
The bill allows communities to apply for funding for the construction of vertiports and associated infrastructure once the planning process is complete. Inclusion of construction finance in legislation is essential to ensure that a diverse set of communities have access to AAM and its mobility benefits.
“Through our Grassroots Action Center, we are encouraging NBAA members to educate their elected officials on the importance of this legislation for successful AAM integration. When members of Congress hear directly from voters, our message is more effective, ”explained Bolen.
Visit NBAA popular action center to support the AAIM law (HR 6270).
This press release was prepared and distributed by the NBAA