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Graves Introduces Legislation to Advance New Aviation Transportation Methods

March 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) introduced the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act (H.R. 1339) with Representative Sharice Davids (Kansas) to bolster the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem in the United States. The legislation aims to develop new transportation options, move goods, amplify economic activity and jobs, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness.

“This AAM conversation builds on top of the transportation and infrastructure all-of-the-above strategy we are pushing for. This means not just in aviation systems, but everything from space exploration to traditional surface transportation methods such as roads, highways and transit. Whether it’s a FAST Act grant to raise a local road or landing a rover on Mars, all strides we make matter in the bigger picture of moving the United States further along,” Graves said. “And while the new AAM sector is attractive and promising, the new challenge is making sure we invest now in the educational foundation so there are qualified individuals ready to fill the positions when the time is right. I look forward to continuing to build support for this bill with Rep. Sharice Davids, the aviation industry, stakeholders, the Department of Transportation and my colleagues on this new endeavor.”

“Kansas was once the center of aviation manufacturing in the country, and we are still home to a skilled aviation workforce. As Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee, I’ve worked to support and reenergize our aviation industry with new aerospace investment and by promoting new technologies, such as Advanced Air Mobility. I’m proud to introduce the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act with Ranking Member Graves, which would set the foundation for how the federal government can help work with and promote the advanced air mobility space,” said Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03).

“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. The Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act goes well beyond the good work the FAA is doing to certify and build the operational regulatory framework to introduce electric aircraft into the national airspace system.  This legislation would facilitate the Department of Transportation’s coordination of all federal departments and agencies with industry and other stakeholders to help realize the enormous potential and broad societal benefits of this rapidly developing and transformative aviation sector. We applaud House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee leaders, Representatives Graves and Davids, for introducing this important legislation to accelerate the development of this exciting cutting edge industrial technology sector.” said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Following the bill’s introduction, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced they would be establishing an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Integration Executive Council to provide further support for enabling a new generation aviation sector.