Friday, 05 November, 2021
Infrastructure Legislation Supports General Aviation’s Essential Services
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $1.2 trillion package that includes $25 billion in new airport spending over the next five years.
“The National Air Transportation Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, an investment in our nation’s aviation infrastructure that comes at a critical time for general aviation airports and the communities they serve. This bipartisan legislation provides $500 million a year for general aviation airports through the Airport Improvement Program, allocates an additional $100 million for the Contract Tower Program, and authorizes a new transportation workforce outreach program—important steps toward modernizing our physical infrastructure and strengthening our skilled workforce. In addition to providing transportation services to communities across the nation, general aviation airports support medical services, disaster relief, fire suppression, and law enforcement, while their associated aviation businesses drive economic growth and provide well-paying jobs. At the same time, the business aviation industry is making great strides toward a more sustainable future by developing and adopting innovative technology, sustainable fuels, and alternative energy sources. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help us make these aspirational goals a reality as we continue providing essential services across the nation,” stated NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts.
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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 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.