Policies and Studies

AASHTO Standing Committee on Aviation--Spring Meeting
FAA Reauthorization Bill Update
Stephen Van Beek
May 4, 2007--Phoenix, Arizona
FAA Reauthorization Bill Update

AASHTO Aviation Side-by-Side
Comparison of Senate, House, Administration Bills and Conferecne Outlook
AASHTO Aviation Side-by-Side

Essential Air Service Program (EAS)
What is Essential Air Service? (Backgrond Paper)
Prepared by the Office of Aviation Analysis, U.S. DOT
Air Service Background


Senate Bill 1300—“Aviation Investment and Modernization Act of 2007"

PURPOSE: To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for the fiscal years 2008 through 2011. Read complete bill: Senate Bill 1300: “Aviation Investment and Modernization Act of 2007"


The House of Representatives on September 20, 2007 passed the FAA Reauthorization legislation by a vote of 267-151. This legislation reauthorizes funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next four years and authorizes funding for the modernization of Air Traffic Control facilities.

Press Release: Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Oberstar & Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Costello Praise Passage of FAA Reauthorization Legislation.

HOUSE Bill 2689—“Federal Aviation Research and Development Reauthorization Act of 2007”

PURPOSE: To authorize appropriations for the civil aviation research and development projects and activities of the Federal Aviation, and for other purposes. Read complete bill: H.R. 2689-“Federal Aviation Research and Development Reauthorization Act of 2007 ". Section by Section Analysis: H.R. 2698: Bill Analysis


H.R. 2881, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007”, provides historic funding levels for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) capital programs between FY 2008 and FY 2011:
* $15.8 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) – over $4 billion more than the Administration’s proposal;
* $13 billion for FAA Facilities & Equipment (F&E) – over $1 billion more than the Administration’s proposal;
* $37.2 billion for FAA Operations.
H.R. 2698: Bill Analysis

To read the full bill on H.R. 2881, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (Introduced in House), please visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.2881:


NextGen Financing Reform Act of 2007 (Reauthorization)
PURPOSE: Aviation is critical to the nation's economic well-being

Click below for more information on the following:
Fact Sheets, Testimony, Press Releases, and other Recent News Developments
NextGen Financing Reform Act

Congressional Hearings

U.S. Senate Committe on Finaance--Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure

Aviation Financing: Industry Perspectives
July 19, 2007

Witness Statements:

Jim Whitehurst, Chief Operating Officer, Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, Georgia

Fred Smith, CEO, Federal Express, Memphis, Tennessee

Vern Raburn, CEO and President, Eclipse Aviation Corp., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dave Hackett, President, Gulfstream International Airlines, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Richard Shine, CEO, Manitoba Recycling, Lancaster, New York

Robert Olislagers, Executive Director, Colorado Centennial Airport, Englewood, Colorado

For more information, please visit U.S. Senate Committee on Finance: http://www.senate.gov/~finance/index.html