Groups Urge FAA Funding Passage
A coalition of 35 business, political and aviation organizations has sent a joint letter to the Senate requesting that a long-term FAA reauthorization bill be given top priority. In a news release Airports International Council President Greg Principato says aviation is too important to languish in the legislative ether and the organizations just want something passed. “While individual goals are diverse [like, say between the Portland Cement Association and the Airline Pilots Association], the organizations are unified in recognizing the importance of advancing a multiyear FAA reauthorization legislation,” Principato said. But the letter is noteworthy as much for who didn’t sign as who did, including the two largest general aviation groups. Conspicuously absent from the list are AOPA and EAA, although the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association lent their names to the letter. Those four organizations have, to this point, anyway, presented a unified front on the FAA funding issue. Also not on the list is the Air Transport Association, which represents most U.S. airlines and is the lead organization promoting the institution of user fees. It was too late to get comment from the groups before our deadline on Wednesday.