By Leigh Kreimeier
Stuttgart, Ark. – The U.S. Senate passed a multi-year FAA Reauthorization bill (HR 1586) by a vote of 93-0 last week. The House approved its own version of a multi-year “reauthorization” of programs and funding for the FAA last year.
The legislation will now move to the House for possible approval.
“That is where all our grant money has come from,” Carl Humphrey, director of Stuttgart Municipal Airport, said. “This provides a lot of grants for Arkansas airports including ours. Many airports are waiting to see what happens next. “
The Alliance for Aviation Across America commends the Senate for their passage stating this piece of legislation will continue modernizing the air traffic control system to a Next Generation Air Traffic Control (NextGen) system, which is based on satellite technology.
With this passage, according to the Aviation, they have invested in the nation’s aviation system so that everyone including small towns and rural areas, like that of Stuttgart, benefit.
“Importantly, the bill raises the necessary funding for modernization by building on the existing, pay-at-the-pump fuel tax, which is simple, efficient and easy to use. The bill also supports the Airport Improvement Program, which is crucially important for small airports across the country, many of which do not have commercial airline service, and which serve as a lifeline for businesses, medical care providers, disaster relief workers, law enforcement officials and a host of other important services for small towns and communities across the country,” the Aviation said in their press release.
Now airports across the nation look to work with members of both the House and the Senate as they finalize this important piece of legislation among other issues important to small towns and rural communities areas across the nation.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.
Source: STUTTGART DAILY LEADER