Senate passes FAA reautheorization with requirements to improve safety, technology, and flying experience

Feb. 12, 2024
Increases FAA safety inspectors, air traffic controllers, FAA oversight of foreign repair stations, Patrick Clarke writes for Travel Pulse.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the bipartisan Senate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2023 on Thursday. A temporary funding extension had been passed through March 8, Patrick Clarke writes for Travel PulseContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 February 2024 -The Senate bill includes a lot on the technology front, like to further research on innovative advanced materials and composites that could make aircraft lighter and more fuel efficient and improve aircraft safety and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

The bill expands FAA research to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems and advanced air mobility into the national airspace system, including making it easier for first responders to use drones for disaster response.

This bill enhances FAA and NASA commercial aviation coordination and partnerships on advanced aviation technologies and innovative aeronautics research and development.

This bill works to research how to best introduce emerging aviation technologies into the airspace, including electric propulsion and hypersonic aircraft.

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