FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) issued the following statement after the introduction of FAA reauthorization legislation in the U.S. Senate.

President and CEO Mark Baker said AOPA supports the Senate proposal. “As the largest association of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, AOPA supports the Senate FAA reauthorization legislation which will allow the U.S. air traffic control system to continue to be the safest and most efficient in the world, preserves the public benefit that access to aviation brings to rural communities, gives local airports more flexibility to build and repair infrastructure, provides pilots more common sense protections, and further facilitates the important role general aviation plays in emergencies.”

The Senate legislation would extend FAA funding authorization for four years through September 2021 and includes the FLIGHT Act, as well as general aviation pilot protections from the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2.

Baker thanked Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, for his work in bringing the legislation forward.

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