The previous FAA Authorization expired on September 30. At that time, President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through Nov. 17, 2023 and extend Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization through December. As the clock ticks towards the end of the year, what’s happening with FAA Reauthorization 2023?
In a recent interview with New York’s Spectrum News, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged Congerssd to move beyond political “games” and pass FAA Reauthorization before year end.
“It’s important for there to be stable funding, predictable funding, and really try to protect our aviation system from some of the political games that are playing out on Capitol Hill right now,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg was commenting on the need for more air traffic controllers and supporting staff, to enable safe and efficient air travel.
“The U.S. aviation system accounts for about 5% of the entire American economy,” he explained. “Making sure that air travel is safe, making sure that the growth in air travel is supported, these are all things that are at stake in FAA reauthorization. It can also have a big effect on the passenger experience.”
Manned aircraft travel is not the only issue at stake in FAA Reauthorization. For the drone industry, forward movement on critical regulation including flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is tied to the package, which in its current form would require the FAA to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on BVLOS flight within 4 months of the bill’s enactment.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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