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NASAO Supports Introduction of New Aviation Bill, PLANE Act of 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019  
Posted by: NASAO




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NASAO Supports Introduction of New Aviation Bill, PLANE Act of 2019


Washington, DC (July 23, 2019) – Today, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), introduced bill S. 2198, the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era (PLANE Act) of 2019, which will create a path forward for the future of general aviation by investing in airport infrastructure, protecting pilot rights, and enabling more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce. The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and numerous other aviation organizations have endorsed the legislation in a joint letter of support.


“NASAO supports the PLANE Act of 2019 and commends Senator Inhofe for his continued leadership on general aviation issues. The general aviation industry, supporting 1.1 million jobs and generating an economic output of $219 billion in the US, is critical to the economic health of the nation. Our members support the bill to promote the launch of aviation’s next era,” said Shelly Simi, President & CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO).


“Of the many helpful provisions included in this bill, our members were especially encouraged to see continued reform made to the Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) program. By easing the financial onus on states and requiring NPE funds to stay in category, investment in general aviation airports is prioritized and protected,” Simi added.



About National Association of State Aviation Officials

National Association of State Aviation Officials is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. NASAO works closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. NASAO maintains an official Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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