New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives that, if passed, would authorize funding for the FAA until 2023. Unlike previous iterations, H.R. 4, called the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,” does not include provisions for removal of ATC from FAA oversight. The bill is scheduled to go to the House floor the week of April 23.
H.R. 4 is being sponsored by chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. He is joined by the leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its six subcommittees. The bill includes the establishment of a task force “comprised of representatives of the general aviation industry who regularly perform part 91 operations, labor unions […], manufacturers, and the Government” to assess and advise on FAA oversight and authorization processes and requirements for Part 91 ops.
There is an FAA reauthorization bill working its way through the Senate as well. If both bills pass, the next step is for a committee to meet to reconcile the differences between the two. The FAA is currently operating on a temporary funding extension that expires on Sept. 30.