Timeline Tight For FAA Reauthorization

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It seems likely legislators will miss a Sept. 30 deadline to pass an FAA reauthorization bill but they may not require yet another short-term extension. The Senate sent its suggested revisions of the House version of the bill back to the House for consideration last week. But the House is adjourned all next week and won’t reconvene until Sept. 25. That’s a short window to hash out the final details and it might not get done in time for the president’s signature by the time the current extension expires Sept. 30. There has been some discussion of missing the deadline by a day or two to get a final deal rather than push it down the legislative road.

There are a number of niggling issues in the way of bilateral ratification of the bill, including a measure to allow states to set rest and meal break rules for truck drivers, whether to allow the FAA to regulate model aircraft, and measures on drones and self-driving cars. If resolution isn’t made on any or all of those issues, the alternative is a funding extension as the government heads into what appears to be a tumultuous period ahead of and in the aftermath of the November midterm elections.

Comments (2)

Several issues need removed from that bill including an age limit for pt 135 and 91k ops, the FAA regulating model aircraft, and amendments that have nothing to do with aviation. Not holding my breath on this happening before the end of the month.

Posted by: matthew wagner | September 16, 2018 7:58 PM    Report this comment

This is a classic example of the chaotic and idiotic way politicians have chosen to run our government. Attaching nonsensical and non-applicable amendments to legislation only results in confusing laws or govenment departments that try to overreach their original mandates. Why anyone should be allowed to attach riders to the FAA reauthorization regarding truck drivers or driverless cars is beyond me. Even allowing them to regulate model airplanes is a stretch, considering they have historically been prevented from doing so. Yes, drones can strictly be considered model airplanes, but the distinction could be easily separated. Model airplane buffs have lived within the laws quite well for decades without FAA oversight. This is just another attempt by legislators to inject their personal agendas into a bill that has wide bipartisan support. If thier agenda can't fly on its own, don't screw up necessary legislation by trying to sneak it in and hope no one notices.

Posted by: John McNamee | September 17, 2018 11:42 AM    Report this comment

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