FAA Authorization Extended To Dec. 31


Aviation groups breathed a collective sigh of relief late Saturday after Congress passed an interim measure that avoids a government shutdown and also gives the FAA some breathing room. The bill, which was signed by President Biden a few hours before the midnight deadline to avert a shutdown, pushes that date 45 days to Nov. 17 and also extends the FAA’s authorization until the end of the year. However, if the government shuts down in November, the FAA will also lose its funding.

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Rich Santa said the reprieve is welcome but the politicians need to use the time to craft lasting legislation. “Funding must be secured as soon as possible—not 45 days from now,” Santa said. After a week of fractious political maneuvering, both houses eventually approved a stripped-down bill that keeps the government running but doesn’t allow any funding for Ukraine, a major sticking point in the debate.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Once again, Congress did what it does best – kicking the can down the road! In 45 days, we will be right back where we were yesterday. 😣

  2. Congress will always do the right thing … but only after every other possibility has been exhausted.