FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) issued the following statement after today's introduction of The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016, S. 2658, in the U.S. Senate.
“This bill includes meaningful reforms that the general aviation community wants and needs—especially changes to the third-class medical and the aircraft certification process. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has been a strong supporter of general aviation and we hope the Senate will move quickly to pass this legislation which could save general aviation pilots hundreds of millions of dollars, improve general aviation safety, and strengthen the GA industry. This legislation includes provisions for the FAA to continue vital programs, such as NextGen modernization and the study of unleaded fuels for piston aircraft, along with reforms that can lower costs and help the GA community thrive.” – Mark Baker, President, AOPA