Rep. Delaney Applauds Bipartisan Funding of Critical Aviation and Economic Priorities in FAA Reauthorization Bill
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,” a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through 2023. The legislation included funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program, the Federal Contract Tower Program, and important aviation training and workforce development efforts. The legislation also includes consumer protection and safety reforms.
“I’m glad we were able to come together in a bipartisan way to pass FAA Reauthorization, including critical programs that benefit Maryland, the Hagerstown Airport and the local campus of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics,” said Congressman John Delaney (MD-6). “Importantly, this bill also includes new consumer protections to improve the flying experience, increase transparency and make sure that flights are safe. Continued federal support for aviation – including smaller, rural airports – is an important part of supporting our transportation infrastructure, which is so critical to economic growth.”
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 includes:
- The Essential Air Service (EAS) Program: ensures a minimal level of scheduled, commercial air service in smaller communities.
- The Federal Contract Tower Program: provides air traffic control services at smaller airports through FAA-certified private contractors.
- The Ryan-Keating Amendment: directs FAA to evaluate workforce priorities and ensure aviation maintenance training programs are preparing the next generation of the aviation workforce, and GAO to make recommendations on how to best strengthen and expand aviation training programs.
- Consumer and Safety Provisions: minimum standards for the size of airline seats, better communication from airlines during flight disruptions, ban on voice/wireless calls, ban on bumping passengers already aboard full flights, one-page summaries of compensation available when a flight is diverted, and reinforced cockpit doors on new planes.
The Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Frederick Municipal Airport provide the Sixth District with more than 2,500 jobs and $200 million in annual business revenue. Hagerstown Regional Airport is home to 40 defense and aviation firms with more than 700 total employees. Opening in 2011, PIA’s Hagerstown Branch Campus is Maryland’s exclusive FAA-certified Airframe and Powerplant training provider.