This bipartisan bill wisely reauthorizes the FAA for five years, improves airport infrastructure, enhances aircraft safety, further integrates drones into the national airspace, and improves consumer protections for air travelers. It also reforms disaster recovery programs to ensure funding goes to mitigation activities, improving preparation for the next disaster.
While it stops short of privatizing the FAA, this bill does too much to reform the agency by streamlining its certification and regulatory processes. Alternatively, it doesn’t reauthorize the agency for long enough. It’s also unwise to focus 15% of disaster assistance on mitigating the impact of future disasters.