Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act Signed Into Law


President Joe Biden signed the long-awaited bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act into law on Thursday May 16—funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for another five years.

After months of several short-term extensions, the $105 billion dollar legislation passed the House on Wednesday and the Senate last week before being sent to the president’s desk for final approval.

“The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization is a big win for travelers, the aviation workforce, and our economy,” said President Biden in a statement. “It will expand critical protections for air travelers, strengthen safety standards, and support pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers.”

Several aviation leaders echoed the president’s sentiments—applauding the bill for its commitment to strengthen aviation safety, grow the workforce and advance technology and innovation.

ALPA called the bill a “major step forward” for the safety of our nation’s aviation system. “This bill addresses runway and airport near misses, maintains rigorous pilot training standards and ensures that the United States remains the global leader in aviation safety,” said ALPA President Capt. Jason Ambrosi.

FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker commended the new reauthorization, which “allows for more runway safety technology, more air traffic controllers and stronger oversight of aircraft production.”

The package includes language with a requirement for airlines to install 25-hour cockpit voice recorders on new and existing aircraft, up from two hours currently. National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy praised the bill saying, “We appreciate Congress’s safety leadership in mandating the FAA to implement many of our most critical recommendations, which, once acted upon, will further strengthen our nation’s ‘gold standard’ of aviation safety.”

Notably, the FAA Reauthorization Act also includes a first-ever general aviation title drawing praise from groups such as AOPA and EAA. There are several provisions in the bill that support GA including expanding BasicMed, mandating a 24-month deadline for the FAA’s final rule on MOSAIC and sections that address the continued availability of avgas, among others. “We appreciate the leadership of lawmakers who see the importance of this section and worked in a bipartisan manner to include provisions that enhance safety and support general aviation,” said EAA President Jack Pelton.

Full text of the bill can be found here.

Amelia Walsh
Amelia Walsh is a private pilot who enjoys flying her family’s Columbia 350. She is based in Colorado and loves all things outdoors including skiing, hiking, and camping.


  1. The 24-month deadline for the FAA’s final rule on MOSAIC should have been implemented 24 months ago.

    • Shows ta go ya the priority they attach to MOSAIC, doesn’t it. When Sen Inhofe was in office, that’d have been IN the Bill!

      • Agree, Larry. If Congress mandates MOSAIC within two years, you can bet that the FAA will drag it out until the last minute before finally doing something that should have been done well before this. I would be willing to bet that practically no one in either the House or Senate even knows what MOSAIC is about.

  2. The bill includes “..and sections that address the continued availability of avgas, among others.” Interesting to see what impact that will have on the debate over switching to unleaded fuel(s). Sounds like Congress just threw George Braley and GAMI under the proverbial bus.