Sinema, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, & Regional Airline Association Talk Aviation Safety, Innovation

May 16, 2023

Senator met with aviation organizations to discuss their priorities ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Regional Airline Association to discuss their priorities to improve aviation safety, address workforce concerns, and foster innovation ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization.
“Arizonans count on safe, efficient air travel – which is why we work side-by-side with aviation stakeholders to ensure Arizona priorities are met in the upcoming FAA reauthorization legislation,” said Sinema.
The FAA was reauthorized in October 2018 for a five-year period – extending the FAA’s funding and authorities through Fiscal Year 2023. In September of last year, Sinema chaired a subcommittee hearing highlighting opportunities to strengthen aviation safety and operations in Arizona and across America in the upcoming FAA reauthorization.
Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law – sweeping legislation the Senator wrote, negotiated, and led through Congress – includes a historic $25 billion in additional investments for aviation infrastructure. The bipartisan law provides $15 billion in priority projects at every airport in the United States, $5 billion in competitive grants for terminal development and other landslide projects, and $5 billion in grants for strengthening Air Traffic Control towers and infrastructure.
Since Sinema’s bipartisan bill was signed into law in November 2021, over $69 million has gone to repairs and upgrades across Arizona airports.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association exists to advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global general aviation industry. The Regional Airline Association provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable and strong regional airline industry and serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines and industry business partners, enabling them to share best practices.