Feb 07 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; member of the Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Subcommittee; and co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus – today met with Dan Ewell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to discuss his priorities for a long-term FAA reauthorization and to emphasize the importance of FAA reform for Kansas.
“Last year, our committee passed legislation that addresses priorities from both sides of the aisle and today I met with Administrator Ewell to make certain he understands my commitment to seeing this long-term bill signed into law,” said Sen. Moran. “We also discussed the future of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and some of the issues critical to Wichita’s aviation industry, such as streamlining aircraft certification processes and growing our manufacturing sector. Lastly, I reiterated my opposition to any proposal that would privatize our air traffic control system, harming all but our nation’s largest airports.”
- Kansans have built three out of every four general aviation aircraft since the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, and today, over 40,000 Kansans make a living manufacturing, operating and servicing the world’s highest quality aircraft.
- Last year, Sen. Moran voted in favor of the Senate’s FAA reform proposal and opposed the six-month extension that resulted after disagreement with the House.
- In January, Sen. Moran reiterated his commitment to the long-term FAA reauthorization passed by the Senate Commerce committee.
- Sen. Moran has been a vocal opponent of proposals to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system, advocating instead in favor of proposals to provide greater protections for the general aviation industry, small airports and all but the largest communities nationwide.
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