Davids’ aviation bill
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A bill sponsored by Representative Sharice Davids to advance new aviation technology in Sunflower State has passed the House of Representatives and will now head to the Senate.
On Thursday, November 4, US Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-KS) said the House of Representatives had passed her bipartisan bill to advance innovative new aviation technologies. She stated that she was deputy chair of the House transport and infrastructure committee and introduced the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act earlier in 2021 with Aviation Subcommittee ranking member Garret Graves (R-LA).
“Kansas was once the center of the country’s aircraft manufacturing, and we are still home to a large and skilled aviation workforce. This means that we are uniquely prepared to harness the enormous economic and transport potential of advanced air mobility, but we look forward to it reaching us, ”Davids said. “I am proud to see my bill passed through the House with bipartisan support, and look forward to bringing together industry and federal agency leaders to take advantage of this emerging technology and continue to promote American leadership. in aviation. “
Representative Davids said advanced air mobility is an emerging sector of the industry that is creating a whole new mode of transportation with the use of specialized vehicles to transport people and goods between places previously underserved by the industry. aeronautics in urban and rural areas. She said the AAM will expand sustainable regional transportation options, provide new ways to move goods, create skilled jobs in the Sunflower State aviation industry, and boost emergency preparedness and safety. competitiveness.
“This bill is a game-changer in how we develop new transportation options, help with future ways of moving goods and create new jobs. It will also support our emergency preparedness and disaster relief efforts. The time is fast approaching for the ways in which the federal government will need to plan for new emerging aviation technologies that could positively disrupt existing lifestyles. We should take action now to mitigate and integrate the benefits, instead of waiting for the positive disruptions caused by future technology, and ensure that our existing transportation and infrastructure systems are properly prepared. This bipartisan legislation pushes the United States in the right direction and strengthens our global leadership in this transformative space. This is a great bill and happy to have worked with Congressman Sharice Davids to get it across the finish line, ”said Rep. Graves.
Davids said his bill would create an AAM interagency group made up of federal agencies and civil aviation leaders. The group would review policies and make recommendations to advance emerging technology. Through government and industry coordination, she said the bill would help harness the potential of the technology.
“Advanced Air Mobility offers a significant opportunity for the Kansas City area as a new transportation option, an economic driver and a sustainable way to connect people and goods. For example, imagine if you could get to Kansas City International Airport in less than half the driving time, ”said Ron Achelpohl, director of transportation and environment for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) . “We are pleased that Representative Davids recognizes the potential of this emerging technology for the benefit of our community, and we support efforts to bring together industry leaders and government agencies to ensure the advancement of AAM technology for the benefit of our community. innovation and security. “
Davids said estimates predict AAM will be a $ 115 billion industry by 2035, creating more than 280,000 well-paying jobs in the United States.
“The advanced air mobility industry is poised to transform the future of aviation with the introduction of electric and hybrid aircraft into the national airspace system. The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act will ensure that the federal government develops a coordinated approach to promote this innovative sector of aviation that will facilitate additional transportation options, create jobs and business. economic, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness. We applaud the House for passing this important bipartisan legislation and are grateful to those who stood up for it, including the sponsors of the bill, Representatives Davids and Graves, as well as all of the cosponsors, ”said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of General Aviation Manufacturers. Association (GAMA).
Davids said the bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support and was approved by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Regional Airline Association. The bill now awaits action in the Senate, where a companion bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Has already passed the committee.
“Regional airlines are leading the way by investing in electric aircraft and eVOTLs, and we commend Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) for their leadership in introducing and the adoption of this essential legislation. Regional airlines will be among the first to bring electric planes into service, making carbon-free flights available to the traveling public for the first time. The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act will help bring together aviation industry stakeholders and government partners to promote these new technologies and overcome operational and regulatory barriers that hinder their widespread adoption, ”said Faye Malarkey Black, President and CEO of Regional Airlines Association (RAA).
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