The Aircraft Electronics Association and 27 other industry organizations recently sent letters to congressional leaders expressing support for the Forward Looking Investment in GA, Hangars, and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act of 2017. The Senate bill (S. 1320) was introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and the House bill (HR 2879) was introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.).
The bipartisan FLIGHT Act addresses the growing needs of our nation’s system of airports by providing the FAA with long overdue flexibility, within existing budget parameters, to fund important airport infrastructure projects at general aviation and small airport facilities. Maintaining and upgrading runways, taxiways, and aprons, and meeting the need for new hangars, helps keep these airports and the communities that rely on them vibrant and competitive.
The FLIGHT Act also creates a public-private partnership pilot program that will help airports attract private sector investment for the construction of hangars or other facilities. This program will help many cash strapped communities and go a long way in helping replace aging facilities and develop airports for the future.
To read the letter sent to the bill’s Senate sponsors, click here.
To read the letter sent to the bill’s House sponsors, click here.