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U.S. Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization

On March 22, 2010, the U.S. Senate voted 93-0 to approve the FAA Air Transportation and Safety Improvement Act.  The bill would authorize FAA programs for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and address a host of pressing issues, particularly NextGen and pilot training.  The U.S. House of Representatives enacted its own version of FAA Reauthorization in 2009, as well as a separate bill on pilot training (H.R. 3371, Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009).  The House and Senate versions of FAA Reauthorization are inconsistent in many important respects and must be reconciled.