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Congress Refocusing on FAA Reauthorization

February 1, 2011 — Having operated on a series of 17 continuing resolutions over the past three years, FAA reauthorization is appearing on the legislative agenda in both houses of Congress. The current extension is set to expire on March 31, 2011.

In the U.S. Senate, discussion on FAA funding will begin this week after Sen. Jay Rockefeller last week introduced S. 223, a two-year, $34.5 billion measure identical to that which passed by a 93-0 vote in 2010. Rockefeller serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Meanwhile, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said FAA reauthorization will be his first legislative priority.

The House subcommittee on aviation will hold a hearing next Wednesday morning, February 9, which will be webcast here. EAA is working to ensure that provisions favorable to general aviation are included, such as the authorizing language for the unleaded avgas research program, vintage aircraft data release, continuing to allow for residential through the fence authorizations, and ensuring that user fees remain out of the discussions.

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