Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s statement on the House passing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill.

“I’m pleased the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 passed the House this week. This legislation provides much needed reforms to our aviation system, and includes several provisions important to Wyoming. Wyoming relies on our regional airports for safe and convenient air travel and our state’s economy depends on reliable air service to grow and connect to markets around the country. This bill includes two amendments I cosponsored addressing threats to Airport Improvement Program funding. One amendment protects funding for small airports harmed by pilot regulations and the other requires the Government Accountability Office to study the aviation workforce to determine causes of the current pilot shortage we are facing. I’m pleased with this legislation and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues as the legislative process moves forward.”

Background:

  • H.R. 4 the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for five years.
  • The FAA Bill includes several provisions important to Wyoming such as, reforming and continuing the Federal Contract Tower Program and maintaining the Essential Air Service Program with increased funding levels.
  • Airport Improvement Program provides federal grants to airports for airport development and planning and the funds are generally limited to construction of improvements related to aircraft operations, such as runways and taxiways and other maintenance projects.
  • Many regional airlines are experiencing pilot shortages leading to increased flight cancellations at small airports. Great Lakes Airlines out of Cheyenne, recently ceased flights citing the pilot shortage. The GAO study would examine the aviation workforce and barriers to entry in order to help mitigate the pilot shortages we are experiencing.