In 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act.
If passed into law, this bill would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. It would also revitalize aviation safety and infrastructure programs.
Receiving bipartisan support
Sam Graves, Rick Larsen, Garret Graves, and Steve Cohen introduced the bill, H.R. 3935. These representatives were an even mixture of Democrats and Republicans, indicating that the bill was not politically motivated. Industry leaders and stakeholders have also expressed their support.
Improving Federal Aviation Administration efficiency
A primary goal of the bill is to enhance the FAA’s efficiency by changing its structure. By doing so, representatives hope to streamline regulatory processes without impeding ongoing efforts. They also hope that this increase in efficiency will foster innovation.
Strengthening the general aviation sector
The committee recognized the role civilian aviation companies play in training commercial pilots. To promote the long-term success of the aviation industry, the bill includes the first-ever general aviation title.
Growing the aviation workforce
By 2043, North American airlines will need 130,000 new pilots. However, there is currently a shortage of the following aviation professionals:
- Air traffic controllers
- Flight attendants
To help solve this problem, the bill breaks down barriers to pursuing aviation careers. For example, it changes some of the required training.
Investing in airport infrastructure
The bill acknowledges that airports are important to local communities. To give them a boost, the bill authorizes funding for airport infrastructure. It also prioritizes making investments in small and private airports.
Upholding safety standards in innovation
To maintain high safety standards, the bill addresses issues such as the recent increase in runway incursions. It also facilitates the safe testing and integration of new technologies, including drones.
The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act has received support from the Biden administration but has yet to become law.