Senate passes FAA reauthorisation bill, assures funding for next five years

The US Senate Commerce Committee has passed the FAA Reauthorization bill (S. 1939) by a unanimous voice vote. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the FAA for the next five years. It includes positive regulatory updates and funding that will support advanced aviation, drones and advanced air mobility.

Passage of the bill follows the House’s passage of their FAA reauthorization bill in July 2023. AUVSI is calling on Senate leaders to swiftly schedule a full vote on the bill in the full Senate.

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) issued a statement supporting this boost to advancing aviation and autonomy, supporting domestic investment, workforce development and fair competition in the global marketplace. It added that is provides meaningful step forward in safely integrating drones operating beyond visual line of sight and AAM aircraft into the airspace, which is crucial to allowing commercial operations to scale to new heights.

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