Congressional leaders near FAA extension agreement through September 2017

On June 8, the Aircraft Electronics Association and 13 other aviation organizations delivered a letter to congressional leaders urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill for reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency's current funding extension is set to expire July 15. 

With just a little more than one week before the current funding expires, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD); and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) released the following joint statement on July 6:

"We have reached an agreement on an FAA extension that provides much-needed stability for our aviation system through September 2017. This bill includes significant airport security reforms as well as critical aviation safety provisions and time-sensitive enhancements for air travelers. We look forward to sending this measure to the president before the July 15 expiration of the FAA's current authorization. Recognizing that this is a year-long extension, we are also committed to working together on a longer-term reauthorization that includes other important reforms benefiting all passengers and Americans who depend on a safe aviation system."

Click here for a summary of the agreement.  Legislative text will be made available at and

AEA Commentary:
"Although we are pleased that Congress is nearing agreement to fund the agency through Sept. 30, 2017, it is disappointing that we face another short-term fix instead of a long-term reauthorization bill that is critical for strategic planning and NextGen implementation," said AEA President Paula Derks. 

Contact Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, by email at or by phone at 202-589-1144.