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Shuster Introduces Conservative Aviation Measure that will Remove Over 30,000 Employees out of Federal Government Control

Comprehensive FAA Reauthorization Provides Transformational Aviation Reform


WASHINGTON, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today introduced H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation, outside of the federal government, to modernize and provide U.S. air traffic control (ATC) services.

The AIRR Act is a six-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and maintains the FAA’s role as the Nation’s aviation safety regulator.  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, which removes over 30,000 people from the federal government’s payroll, also streamlines the FAA’s aviation equipment and aircraft certification processes, provides additional consumer protections, 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.

“The United States has led the world in aviation since pioneering this modern mode of transportation,” said Congressman Shuster. “We have the safest system in the world, and we will continue to do so under this bill. But our system is incredibly inefficient, and it will only get worse as passenger levels grow and as the FAA falls further behind in modernizing the system.  Furthermore, the FAA’s overly bureaucratic certification processes are handicapping American companies and causing us to fall behind our competition.

The AIRR Act is transformational legislation that removes over 30,000 people from the federal government’s payroll. It prepares the U.S. aviation system for the future, helps ensure a modern, safe system that benefits passengers and the economy, and keeps America competitive in a vital industry all while significantly reducing the federal government’s footprint in our air travel.”

As a member of Congress that represents a rural district, Congressman Shuster ensured that when crafting this bill any reforms included would not hinder or negatively impact rural airports. In fact, Shuster is confident that it will not only benefit the rural airports across Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania, it will actually enhance their service.

“It’s one of my highest priorities to protect and enhance rural airports like we have in the 9th Congressional District, and I am confident that these conservative reforms to our aviation system will be a good thing for rural areas,” continued Shuster.

Click below to watch a video on the importance of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act

Click here for text of the AIRR Act 

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