AIAA Statement on FAA Extension Written 1 October 2017


AIAA President Calls for a Long-Term Authorization for the Agency

October 1, 2017 – Reston, Va. – As the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) urges lawmakers to come to a consensus and pass a long-term FAA authorization bill.  

“We are encouraged to see lawmakers work toward reauthorizing the FAA; however, the passage of short-term extensions makes it difficult for the agency to manage large-scale, long-term programs,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “This ultimately provides uncertainty and instability for the aerospace marketplace and workforce. It is imperative for Congress to quickly pass and for the President to sign legislation that ensures the agency’s long-term funding and policy direction. Adequate funding and sound policy direction will go a long way in successfully implementing NextGen, integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into the National Airspace System, advancing commercial space transportation operations, and streamlining the certification process of new aircraft, among other things.”

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