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Thursday, 22 March, 2018

NATA Statement on Release of FY2018 Omnibus Agreement

Inclusion of NATA-Supported Provisions Proves Ongoing Commitment to General Aviation Community

Washington, DC, March 22, 2018 – Last evening, congressional leaders released the details of omnibus spending legislation for Fiscal Year 2018, providing $1.3 trillion in funding through the end of September. The legislation includes $18 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal Aviation Administration and contains several provisions sought by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) on behalf of the aviation business community. A six-month extension of FAA authorization, which is currently set to expire March 31st, is also included and runs through September 30th to provide lawmakers more time to pass a long-term bill.

The following is a statement by National Air Transportation Association President Martin H. Hiller:

“The National Air Transportation Association thanks Chairmen Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Members Lowey (D-NY) and Leahy (D-VT) for recognizing the growing needs of the aviation industry by providing $1.6 billion in FAA funding above last year’s enacted levels. The additional funding will allow for continued NextGen investment and modernization of our nation’s air traffic control system as well as added certainty for the aviation industry.”

“The spending bill also contains language at NATA’s request that will continue to enhance safety and regulatory consistency for the general aviation business community, including provisions to: streamline the certificate process for maintenance facilities, update a study of the Part 135 community, assess safety trends and identify areas for potential improvement within the on-demand air charter community, and complete work on the top recommendation of the FAA’s Regulatory Consistency ARC to eliminate outdated or conflicting policies within an electronic guidance library. NATA is appreciative to congressional appropriators for their ongoing commitment to general aviation by including these important provisions that continue to make the FAA an effective safety partner with the general aviation community,” Hiller concluded.

The legislation must be passed into law by Friday, March 23rd, to avert a government shutdown.

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for over 75 years. Representing nearly 2,300 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.