Senate approves FAA reauthorization

 - March 29, 2010, 7:57 AM

On March 22, the Senate unanimously passed its FAA reauthorization bill, sending it to a conference committee that will reconcile differences with the House version approved last May. General aviation groups cheered the measure, which contains no user fees for GA but modestly raises the federal excise taxes on jet-A and aviation gas that GA pilots pay into the aviation trust fund. The “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act” establishes clear deadlines for adopting existing NextGen navigation and accelerates planned timelines for integrating ADS-B into the National Airspace System (NAS). S.1451 also contains provisions for more stringent training for airline pilots. (See article on page 60.)