MBAA supports House Bills 4571 (H-2) and 4572 (H-2)
MBAA commends Representative Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) for taking the lead on aviation funding. MBAA supports House bills 4571 (H-2) and 4572 (H-2) which will, if enacted, provide a stable funding source for aviation infrastructure projects in Michigan.
New Senate Initiative on Contract Towers
Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – leaders in the recent bipartisan effort to keep contract towers open during debate on the continuing resolution – intend to introduce a free-standing bill early next week when Congress returns from its two week Easter recess to prohibit FAA from closing all 149 contract towers on FAA’s closure list. AAAE, USCTA, and other groups that have been actively engaged in ongoing efforts to keep contract towers open are supportive of the Moran/Blumenthal bill.
As such, we urge EVERYONE (including the 102 airports whose contract towers were saved, at least for now) to contact the offices of your two U.S. Senators right away and urge them to cosponsor the Moran/Blumenthal legislation. If your contacts in Senate offices indicate they would like to be a co-sponsor, or if they need additional background or information, please have them contact Tom Bush in Senator Moran’s office (202/224-6521). If you need phone numbers for your Senators, please click on the web link below. Please keep us posted on what you hear from your Senate offices.
We also expect that similar legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives. Stay tuned for additional details and “marching orders” aimed at building support for these important legislative initiatives.
Given continued opposition from the Administration, gaining enactment of legislation in the near-term to keep towers open will be extremely difficult. It is critical, however, that we continue to build support behind these initiatives to highlight the importance of contract towers and to lay the groundwork necessary to gain funding for the contract tower program in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.
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NBAA: Mobilize Online to Support Congressional ATC Tower-Protection Amendment
User-Friendly Online Resources Promote Proposal for Protecting 'Sequestered' Towers
Washington, DC, March 18, 2013 – As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers a plan for closing nearly 170 air traffic control towers, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is calling on the business aviation community to mobilize online in support for a congressional measure that seeks to keep those facilities open.
The FAA has announced its intent to close the towers in response to budget sequestration, which requires the agency to curtail its operational budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) recently offered an amendment that would offset the closures using savings from unobligated FAA research and capital funds provided in prior congressional appropriations bills, so that the facilities can remain open. Keep reading
NBAA's Lisa Piccione Joins MBAA Members in Lansing for Annual Day
at the Capitol
|From left to right: Cheryl Bush, Mike Trout (MDOT), John Hatfield, Col. Jack Lousma,
Lisa Piccione (NBAA), J. David VanderVeen, Bob Quinn (NBAA), and Roger Salo
March 12, 2013
MBAA was pleased to welcome Kirk T. Steudle, Director of Michigan Department of Transportation, and Lisa Piccione, National Business Aviation Association, as our guest speakers. Over 60 legislators and key staff attended the MAAE and MBAA Legislative Luncheon. A special thank you to the members who were able to join us for helping make this event a success!
Thank you to Embraer and AVFuel for sponsoring this year's lunch!
NBAA Comments On Sequester’s Potential Impact for Aviation
WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2013 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement, regarding comments made by Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, indicating that government inaction to prevent a looming “sequester” – which would require across-the-board budget cuts at all federal agencies – will likely lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reduce air traffic control (ATC) services. According to LaHood, the move could lead to reductions in the ATC workforce, ATC tower closures at some airports and increased delays in the aviation system.
“We understand from Secretary LaHood’s comments today that, if the sequester takes effect, government officials will choose to curtail or close aviation services, including air traffic control, in some number of locations. While it’s disappointing that such safety-of-life services might be reduced in some instances, NBAA will work with the FAA and all other aviation stakeholders in a collaborative way, to help ensure that the aviation system functions at an optimal level, even under such a unique and challenging scenario.”
LaHood’s comments today were reflected in a Feb. 22 letter he and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta sent to NBAA and other aviation associations. Review the letter in its entirety
Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hears Testimony from MBAA, MAAE
February 19, 2013
|Rep. Wayne Schmidt, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair, listens to testimony from Rager Salo, MBAA Board Chair, and Kevin Klein, MAAE Vice President|
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