Aviation alphabet groups praised the appointment of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to serve as the new chairman of the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure during the 113th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over civil aviation in the U.S., including most aspects of the FAA, TSA and NTSB.
Notably, the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, one of the leading aviation research, development, test and evaluation facilities in the U.S., is located in LoBiondo’s district. “This clearly provides an insightful perspective into key developments that are driving the transformation of our National Airspace System,” according to the National Air Transportation Association.
“LoBiondo is an outstanding choice for chairman…as he has a solid understanding of the industry, in part because his Congressional district is home to several significant aviation facilities, including the FAA’s Tech Center, the TSA’s Security Lab, the Federal Air Marshal training facility and Atlantic City International Airport,” added NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He is keenly aware of the essential role that all aviation, including general aviation, plays in creating jobs, fueling economic growth and connecting communities. He also has a firm grasp of the industry’s priorities, including the need to continue development of a Next Generation air traffic system.”