Fri, May 22, 2009
NBAA is commending the House of Representatives for passing
legislation that will fund the FAA and the development of the Next
Generation Air Traffic Control System, also known as "NextGen."
The legislation, entitled the "FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009,"
was approved by House lawmakers Thursday as part of Congress's
multi-year "reauthorization" of the programs and funding for the
FAA. It provides additional funding for the FAA through sources
including an increase in general aviation fuel taxes.
"We commend the House of Representatives for passing this
legislation to fund the FAA and accelerate NextGen using the
long-established aviation fuel tax to help pay for system
modernization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
"For years, general aviation has been at the forefront of our
nation's modernization effort," Bolen noted. "Aviation plays a
critical role in driving economic growth and investment across the
country. GA is committed to working in partnership with the
government to improve our nation's aviation system, which will also
significantly contribute to economic growth and job creation. In
these challenging economic times, the importance of a robust
transportation system cannot be overemphasized.
"We look forward to working with both the House and the Senate
to modernize the nation's aviation system so that it benefits all
users, and remains the world's largest, best and safest."
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