Senate Passes Legislation To Establish Advanced Air Mobility Working Group


The U.S. Senate has passed legislation designed to establish an interagency working group to promote advanced air mobility (AAM) in the United States. The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act (S.516) calls for the Department of Transportation to create a group to “plan and coordinate efforts related to the safety, infrastructure, physical security, cybersecurity, and federal investment necessary to bolster the AAM ecosystem.” The bill was sponsored by Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

“As Advanced Air Mobility continues to develop, it will be essential for federal government agencies and departments to be coordinated and prepared to usher in this rapidly developing sector of aviation which will facilitate additional transportation options, create jobs, spur economic activity and competitiveness, advance environmental sustainability, foster further advancement in aerospace technology and support emergency preparedness,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce. “We applaud the Senate for passing the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, which has broad bipartisan and bicameral support. “

In addition to GAMA, aviation associations supporting the bill include the Helicopter Association International (HAI), Vertical Flight Society (VFS), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Companion legislation (H.R. 1339) introduced by Representatives Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Garret Graves, R-La., was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2021. The two bills will now be reconciled before the final version is sent to the president for his approval and signature.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. Great, another waste of money and time that will only serve to complicate, over regulate and administratively burden any progress.

  2. Ya but…..pilotless passenger carrying drones will be common within five years. They will be in your neighbors (Elroy Jetson) garage in ten years and replace 50% of autos within 2 decades. Prophetical you might say of the past …….. Elroy Jetson’s birthdays is 2053. No Kidd’n

    The FAA couldn’t handle the drone issue when it hit them in the face. Imagine what a pilotless, passenger carrying, drone will do to their stress meter! “Tilt- Game Over”. Trust me, momma ain’t gonna need no stink’n medical to go to Walmarts. What say you Hal?

    Thank God for the AAM. Put me in coach I would like to be on the AAM panel!

    God bless.

  3. “create a group to “plan and coordinate efforts related to the safety, infrastructure, physical security, cybersecurity, and federal investment necessary to bolster the AAM ecosystem.”

    To paraphrase–“we don’t have a viable product yet, but we are going to create rules, infrastructure, security for a product that doesn’t exist–and have “federal investment.”

    I belong to two of the “sponsoring organizations.” I’ll be dropping my membership.

  4. Government in action…lol! All I see is either that I’m motoring along in my Champ when a armed drone takes me out here in the desert, or a F-16 out of Nellis has I.D. issues and takes a shot. Either way its “gittin ugly” out there. These elected folks need to lighten up and cut us some slack.

  5. It makes me suspicious when they invent some new agency where it’s not really obvious what it is and what it will do. Usually it’s a cover for some sinister plan they have, that they want to hide behind while they do their dirty work. A very vague name for something yet to be revealed.