On July 7, 2016, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced a bipartisan agreement on an extension of the FAA’s authorization to September 30, 2017. Although the bill is a relatively short-term extension, it introduces a number of non-controversial reforms of particular interest to airports. Specifically, the bill would–
The bill also contains several UAS-related provisions of importance for airports:
This extension bill appears to be garnering broad support among both chambers of Congress, and will likely be agreed to by vote later this week or next. The FAA’s current authorization expires on July 15, 2016.
We will provide further details on these provision if the bill becomes law.