Thu, Jul 21, 2011
Blakey: 'Congress Needs To Act Quickly'
The Aerospace Industries Association strongly urges Congress to
pass a FAA reauthorization extension to avoid serious disruptions
to the agency. "Congress needs to act quickly to extend FAA's
operations," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "If the
House and Senate cannot work out their differences on a full
reauthorization bill in the time remaining, another short-term
extension should be passed."
The current FAA authorization—the 20th extension passed
since September 2007—is set to expire Friday, July 22.
Failure to extend authorization would have dire operational and
economic consequences. Among the immediate impacts to FAA are:
- Lost revenue to the Trust Fund of approximately $200 million
- The furlough of about 4,000 non-essential FAA employees not
funded through the operations account.
- Delays in implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation
System, which a recent Deloitte report says will generate $29
billion per year in U.S. economic benefits and eliminate 29 million
metric tons of carbon emissions when the system is fully
"Summer is the busiest travel time of the year," Blakey said.
"No one wants to see the FAA turned upside down, especially
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