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Washington DC: U.S senators introduce legislation to support AAM

By Chris Stonor

U.S Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced this week the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Co-ordination and Leadership Act to facilitate collaboration between federal agencies and civil aviation industry leaders when developing policies regarding advanced air mobility (AAM), reports a press release.

The release explains, “This legislation would instruct the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead a working group comprised of members from nine government agencies to engage and work with the civil aviation industry.”

And continues, “The working group would review policies and programs to help advance the maturation of AAM aircraft operations and create recommendations regarding safety, security and federal investments necessary for the development of AAM.”

Senator Moran, said, “American aviation is entering a new era of innovation and growth, and industry leaders should have a seat at the table as the federal government creates programs to advance the development of this technology and sets safety and operation standards.”

He continued, “Wichita leads the world in aviation, and this legislation will make certain Kansas aviation leaders have a role in developing policies designed to shape a new chapter in aviation.”

Senator Sinema, added,“Arizona leads in aerospace innovation, and our bipartisan legislation creates jobs that strengthen our national security and technological development.”

The legislation has received widespread support from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), Vertical Flight Society (VFS), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Airports Council International North America, Wichita State University and Spirit AeroSystems.

Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO, commented,“Advanced Air Mobility is an emerging sector of the aviation industry which has the potential to facilitate new transportation options, create jobs and economic activity, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness.”

Adding, “The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act will ensure the federal government is effectively engaged and coordinated internally with industry and other stakeholders to help realize the broad benefits of this developing and transformative aviation sector.“

Jim Viola, HAI president and CEO, affirmed, “We thank Senators Moran and Sinema for specifically calling out the need for industry coordination in his bill, as the path to success most certainly requires industry–government collaboration.”

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