House Panel Begins FAA Hearings with Focus on Safety

 - February 6, 2023, 11:31 AM
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The newly-organized House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to kick off FAA reauthorization hearings tomorrow with a focus on aviation safety. Tuesday’s hearing, entitled "FAA Reauthorization: Enhancing America’s Gold Standard in Aviation Safety," will include testimony from FAA acting administrator for aviation safety Dave Boulter, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy, Air Line Pilots Association president Jason Ambrosi, GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, and NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

The hearing is the second for the committee and the first on FAA reauthorization in the 118th Congress and comes as the panel recently reorganized with Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) becoming chair, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington) ranking member, Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) chair of the aviation subcommittee, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) as ranking subcommittee member.

Lawmakers anticipate holding a series of hearings this year to explore various aviation issues as they craft a comprehensive bill to renew the FAA’s operating authority and address areas such as advanced air mobility, FAA certification, and workforce. The FAA’s current authorization is set to expire on September 30.