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Shuster Conservative FAA Reform Measure Advances out of Committee

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Bill Shuster’s (R-Hollidaysburg) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reform legislation–H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act –passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday evening. The AIRR Act’s next stop will be the full House for final consideration.

The measure will move over 30,000 people off the federal government’s payroll by establishing an independent, not-for-profit corporation outside of the federal government to modernize America’s air traffic control (ATC) system and provide air traffic services.

“It isn’t easy to make major reforms in Washington– too many people want to keep the status quo,” said Congressman Shuster. “This FAA measure takes on some in the establishment who don’t want to see changes, and makes the transformational improvements we need in order to modernize our nation’s aviation system and allow for better service for the consumers.”

Under the AIRR Act, the federally chartered air traffic control corporation will be governed by a board representing the aviation system’s users and the public interest.  The comprehensive reauthorization bill also streamlines the FAA’s aviation equipment and aircraft certification processes, provides additional improvements for consumers, addresses aviation safety issues, gives the FAA more tools for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems, and provides for airport infrastructure improvements across the country.

“In order for this nation to truly move forward we need to inject conservative ideas into the challenges we face,” continued Shuster. “The AIRR Act is moving thousands of people out of the federal government, while providing an aviation system that is safe, modern, and efficient.  I hope that my colleagues take a hard look at what we are doing in my committee and use it as a blueprint for an agenda focused on a smaller and reduced role of the federal government in our lives.”

The legislation recognizes that maintaining the status quo will result in more setbacks and soaring costs of failed federal ATC modernization efforts, a bureaucracy that continues to stifle American innovation, and a system that is incapable of handling growing demand.  Establishing an independent ATC provider has become the standard across the world, and the United States is one of the last industrialized nations yet to do so.  Other countries have benefited from safety levels that have been maintained or improved, successful modernization of their ATC systems, improved ATC services, and generally lower ATC service costs.  The AIRR Act seeks to move U.S. aviation into the modern era and beyond.

Click here for a more detailed summary of the AIRR Act and information about how the legislation will help lead to a modern, safe, efficient aviation system