Congressional leaders plan to give the FAA “clear guidance” on how to prepare for the new Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) segment in an upcoming FAA reauthorization bill, leaders of the House Aviation Subcommittee said today. Speaking Wednesday at the Honeywell Air Mobility Summit in Washington, D.C., House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) said he expects the upcoming bill to include an AAM title to make sure the FAA is properly organized. to focus on regulatory and operational requirements in a timely manner.
Larsen expressed concern that the agency is treating AAM as a research and development project, stressing that “it’s not research and development.”
Rep. Garrett Graves (R-Louisiana), the top Republican on the committee, agreed and stressed that Congress needs to make sure the FAA modernizes its approach so it’s not applying a 1970s approach to regulating 2030s technology. However, he added that Congress also needs to think through what it mandates to the FAA in the upcoming reauthorization bill so the agency has the ability to address AAM.
Larsen stressed the need to address security, but also pointed to a number of other issues, such as electric charging stations and vertiport infrastructure. However, he delayed his response when asked about his comments on AAM’s user fees. Both Larsen and Graves said they believe the upcoming bill will be bipartisan.
Also Wednesday, House Leaders Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Jay Obernolte (D-Calif.) discussed the importance of informing Congress about AAM, noting that this has been a pivotal year for the sector and that lawmakers should focus on what they can do to to ensure that the US maintains its leading role.
“2022 has been a great year for the industry,” agreed NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who moderated the panel to mark the gathering’s creation in June.
Honeywell’s summit also hosted a panel of leaders from various AAM developers and was scheduled to hold a session with FAA officers from the UAS Integration Office to discuss issues related to the unmanned aircraft systems discussion.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2022-09-21/congress-step-focus-aam-reauthorization-bill Congress to increase focus on AAM in reauthorization bill