sunrise-washington-monument-washington-dc-treesMembers of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee are moving forward with their own bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation in the coming weeks, after House Leadership shelved the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act amid diverse opposition to its air traffic control (ATC) reform provisions.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) has said he expects the Committee to mark up its own reauthorization in the coming weeks, and is looking to put the bill on the Senate floor in April. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (R-FL) has said the Senate FAA reauthorization will not include the same ATC reform provisions as the House bill, which would move the ATC system into a federallychartered non-profit corporation.

Hate to say I told you so but… taking the ATC away from the FAA was just too much for people to wrap their head around especially one has to assume on this kind of time frame. I suppose means that all the additional drone specific measures that had been added to the House bill are also in the tank.


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