WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Coordination and Leadership Act to facilitate collaboration between federal agencies and civil aviation industry leaders when developing policies regarding advanced air mobility (AAM).
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. 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.
“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,” said Sen. Moran. “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.”
“Arizona leads in aerospace innovation, and our bipartisan legislation creates jobs that strengthen our national security and technological development,” said Sen. Sinema.
This legislation received widespread support from 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.
“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,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO. “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. We are appreciative of Senator Moran and Sinema’s leadership to further advance this exciting new frontier of aviation.”
"On-demand AAM provides a path for the U.S. to maintain its position as the world leader in civil aviation, and there are significant opportunities for general aviation and our highly skilled workforce, which is why we support this important legislation," said Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association president & CEO.
“Senator Moran and Sinema’s legislation takes a forward-thinking approach to intergovernmental coordination and industry collaboration on AAM policymaking,” said Jim Viola, HAI president and CEO. “Establishing an AAM working group with a representative from each of the necessary federal agencies will not only facilitate a more-effective and comprehensive regulatory framework, but it will also help the AAM industry get off the ground sooner. 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.”
“Advanced air mobility has the power to enhance how we connect American communities, create jobs, and keep our nation safe,” said Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO. “Ensuring the growth of this emerging aviation technology will require strong partnerships between government and industry. We applaud Senator Moran for taking this significant step towards establishing an intergovernmental agency group that will develop a national AAM strategy to advance U.S. global leadership and competitiveness.”