June 23, 2011
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) introduced a three-week FAA extension late Wednesday. The new stop-gap measure would give lawmakers until July 22 to complete action on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill.
H.R. 2279, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part III, coupled with previous extensions would provide a total of $2.8 billion in AIP contract authority for almost 10 months of fiscal year 2011, which began on Oct. 1, 2010. The bill also includes a AAAE-backed provision that would extend the 95 percent federal share for AIP projects at small airports.
The House is expected to pass the short-term extension on Friday, and the Senate is expected to follow suit before the current extension expires at the end of the month. This will be the 20th short-term FAA extension since Vision 100 expired at the end of September 2007.
Source: AVIATION NEWS