The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) applauded the bipartisan passage of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act (H.R 1339) out of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill establishes an interagency working group to more effectively engage the federal government in furthering the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector.
“The Advanced Air Mobility sector is on the verge of transforming the future of aviation with the introduction of electric and hybrid powered aircraft into the national airspace system. The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act will ensure that the federal government develops a coordinated approach for promoting this innovative sector of aviation which will facilitate additional transportation options, create jobs and economic activity, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness,” said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of GAMA. “We commend the House for passing this important bipartisan legislation and are grateful for those that championed it, including the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Davids and Graves, as well as all of the cosponsors.”
The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, introduced by Representatives Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Garret Graves (R-La.), 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.
Earlier this year, the Senate companion bill (S.516), which was introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D- Ariz.) was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.