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10.02.18

IFPTE Endorses FAA Authorization Bill

October 2, 2018

Dear Senator,

On behalf of the 90,000 members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), we are writing regarding the Senateís consideration the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (amended to H.R. 302). This bill represents a bipartisan effort that maintains funding for the FAA through fiscal year 2023 while improving the safety and security for passengers and aviation workers, protecting aviation jobs and professional standards, and anticipating technology developments that require regulatory attention. IFPTE urges you to pass this bill to keep air transportation, the aircraft industry, and the infrastructure and associated services safe, accessible, and ready for the future.

This bill includes significant advances to aviation worker and passenger safety. The billís provisions extend flight attendant mandatory rest periods, creates a regulatory requirement for service and emotional support animals, and addresses in-flight sexual misconduct and worker safety for customer service agents. The bill also funds the Essential Air Service, connecting air service to small and rural communities to major transportations hubs. Above all, the bill provides predictable and secure long-term funding for the National Airspace System, which is a necessary foundation for successful modernization of the system.

However, we believe the billís inclusion of a provision to allow rulemaking to make aviation repair personnel certificates portable undermines the high training and work standards that the U.S. aviation industry has established. IFPTE hopes to have input into that rulemaking process and urges the scope of any implementation to be minimal.

Overall, this bill advances the interests of workers, passengers, and the economy. IFPTE applauds Senate Commerce Committee Chair Thune and Ranking Member Nelson, and Senate Aviation Subcommittee Chair Blunt and Ranking Member Cantwell for crafting a bill that provides predictable and stable funding for aviation infrastructure that is critical to the U.S. economy. Their leadership, along with their colleagues in the House, namely Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio, House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and Ranking Member Larsen, has positioned the U.S. aviation systemís workforce, industry, and its public infrastructure to pivot to increased safety and reliability, while creating the foundation for progress.

We thank you for your consideration. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact IFPTE Legislative Staff Faraz Khan at (202) 239-4880.

Sincerely,

Paul Shearon,
President

Matthew Biggs,
Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director

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10/3/2018 - Senate Gives Final Approval for FAA Reauthorization, Send Bills to White House (Washington Post)

IFPTE's Letter of Support for FAA Bill

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