The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded action in the United States House of Representatives on two key pieces of aviation legislation – one, a bill focused on expediting the growth of advanced air mobility (AAM), the other, a measure establishing an innovative workforce development initiative.
Both bills were reviewed and approved on April 28 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, a key step in the congressional legislative process.
The first bill, the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM Act), authorizes the funding and eventual construction of new critical AAM infrastructure, leveraging existing vertiports and other public transportation facilities to support AAM operations and promotes community engagement programs to introduce new technologies to a diverse set of communities.
The proposal, HR 6270, was first presented last December by the chairman of the Aviation T&I Subcommittee, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2-WA), the subcommittee member of the aviation classification Garret Graves (R-6-LA) and representative Dina Titus (D-1-NV). The bipartisan measure immediately received strong support from the NBAA and a broad group of stakeholders, including the NBAA AAM Roundtable, a group of high-level industry leaders charting a course for technology integration pioneers in the country’s airspace and infrastructure.
“We thank Reps. Larsen, Graves, and Titus for their leadership in introducing this important legislation, and their colleagues in the House for their strong support in advancing these pioneering on-demand aviation technologies,” said said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
The second bill implemented by the House T&I committee establishes a National Center for the Advancement of Aviation, which will bring together stakeholders from the military and private sectors, in part to provide STEM-focused resources to developers of high school and college programs.
The bill, HR 3482, was introduced in May 2021 by Rep. Andre Carson (D-7-IN) and late Rep. Don Young (R-At Large-AK), who died in March. Complementary legislation in the US Senate was introduced in February 2020 by the senses. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
“The NBAA is fully committed to promoting the development of our industry’s future workforce and we look forward to doing everything we can to ensure the passage of this legislation,” Bolen said.
Both bills will now go to the House floor for deliberation.