The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee marked up the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658) March 16. The bipartisan bill would reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs through September 30, 2017. The text of the bill is available here.
Notably, the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill does not include the controversial air traffic control (ATC) reform provisions from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s FAA reauthorization, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act (H.R. 4441). The AIRR Act would remove ATC from FAA and transfer operation of air traffic services to a federally-chartered, not-for-profit corporation.
The bill also includes provisions related to aviation safety, streamlining the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and aircraft certification reform.
The current FAA authorization expires on March 31. Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a short-term extension (H.R. 4721) that would authorize FAA programs through July 15, 2016, and extend the authority to collect aviation taxes through March 31, 2017, to provide time to pass a longer term reauthorization bill.