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FLIGHT Act in Senate

On June 13, a bipartisan bill known as the FLIGHT Act (H.R. 2879), or Forward Looking Investment in GA, Hangars, and Tarmacs, was introduced in the House by Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus, and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) a member of the House General Aviation Caucus. Both also serve on the House Aviation Subcommittee.

The legislation is identical to the bill introduced in the Senate (S. 1320) June 8 by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The bill would give GA airports more flexibility to access funding while working to ensure a safer and more effective national network of airports. The proposal also helps expedite the environmental review process and provides designated “Disaster Relief Airports” with appropriate funding.

Under the FLIGHT Act, airports are granted greater flexibility to roll over their $150,000 annual entitlement, under the Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) program, for up to five years, allowing the investment to grow to an effective $750,000. This represents a significant improvement over the previous four-year cap. The legislation also would authorize the FAA to reduce the local match for certain non-primary airport projects to 5 percent. A lower requirement of matching funds, and the ability to roll over the entitlement for an extra year, gives airports more flexibility to develop and implement necessary and costly improvements.

The legislation also allows the FAA to designate “Disaster Relief Airports,” which would allocate at least 4 percent of NPE funds for emergency planning, equipment, or facilities in the case of natural disasters.

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S.1320 - A bill to reform apportionments to general aviation airports under the airport improvement program, to improve project delivery at certain airports, and to designate certain airports as disaster relief airports, and for other purposes.