AIAA Executive Director Applauds Passage of Long-Term FAA Bill Written 5 October 2018

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Legislation Extends Agency’s Operations for Five Years

October 5, 2018 – Reston, Va. – As the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) welcomes the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.

The legislation streamlines the aircraft certification process, allows the FAA to certify new civil supersonic aircraft that will reduce sonic booms, adopts a risk-based approach to drone regulation, paves the way for the certification and use of emerging aerospace-related technologies, and better prepares and diversifies the aviation workforce.  

“For too long the FAA has been operating without the proper policy direction to keep up with technology advancements and has been unable to adopt common-sense regulations necessary to allow the U.S.  industry to compete globally,” said AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher. “This important legislation gives the FAA the means necessary to achieve its long-term goals and goes a long way to provide certainty and stability for the aerospace marketplace and workforce.”

About AIAA 
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 95 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


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