Congressman Mitchell on FAA Reauthorization
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, ensuring the FAA is authorized for the next five years:
“Since coming to Congress, I have been working with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee colleagues to update and reform the FAA. Today’s passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act ensures long-term stability for our nation’s aviation sector, while improving aviation safety, enhancing the passenger experience, encouraging innovation, and cutting red tape to allow American aviation to grow and stay competitive,” said Mitchell. “I am pleased two of my amendments were included in the bill. My amendments will ensure that the American aviation industry continues modernizing and tests adoption of new Air Traffic Control technology which will improve safety, efficiency, and the airline customer experience. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill, and send it to President Trump for signature.”
Congressman Mitchell had two amendments included in final passage of the bill, both of which aim to ensure Air Traffic Control modernization efforts – commonly known as NextGen – stay on track.
- One amendment would create a pilot program for airports and airplanes that already have the latest technology; this pilot program would demonstrate what a fully modernized Air Traffic Control system could look like.
- The second amendment would require the DOT Inspector General to examine and report on what a partial or failed implementation of full NextGen technology, and what that would look like for the flying public, air carriers, and taxpayers.