WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) praised the U.S. Senate for passing the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act (S.516), which establishes an interagency working group to more effectively engage the federal government in furthering the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector.
“As Advanced Air Mobility continues to develop, it will be essential for federal government agencies and departments to be coordinated and prepared to usher in this rapidly developing sector of aviation which will facilitate additional transportation options, create jobs, spur economic activity and competitiveness, advance environmental sustainability, foster further advancement in aerospace technology and support emergency preparedness. We applaud the Senate for passing the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, which has broad bipartisan and bicameral support. We are very appreciative of all the work of those that championed the bill in the Senate, especially its sponsors, Senators Moran and Sinema,” said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of GAMA.
The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to establish an interagency working group composed of leaders from key government agencies to plan for and coordinate efforts for the advancement of the AAM industry. The working group will be tasked to review and make recommendations for the federal role in the AAM sector, beyond the initial critical stage of aircraft certification and operations, with a focus on economic and workforce opportunities, potential physical and digital security risks and mitigations, and infrastructure development. In developing these recommendations, the working group will consider the views of various stakeholders including aviation operators and manufacturers; airports; labor groups; state, local and tribal officials; consumer groups; and first responders.
In November 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the companion bill (H.R. 1339), which was introduced by Representatives Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Garret Graves (R-La.). With each chamber passing their respective versions of the bill, the chambers can work to resolve the differences, or one chamber can elect to pass the other chamber’s bill. After these final actions by Congress, the bill will be sent to President Biden for his signature.
“Both the Senate and House have worked diligently, in a bipartisan manner, to pass their versions of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act. We are on the cusp of the future of aviation, and it is our hope that Congress can work expeditiously to get the bill finalized so that we can further develop and grow the Advanced Air Mobility sector,” Bunce said.