On February 8, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2023 (S. 1939) by a voice vote. The bipartisan legislation, when it completes its legislative journey, reauthorizes the FAA for the next five years. The House had previously passed its FAA reauthorization bill, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act (H.R. 3935), in July 2023.

“This legislation will support U.S. global leadership and competitiveness in advanced aviation and autonomy, which will bolster domestic investment, workforce development, and fair competition in the global marketplace,” said Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Chief Advocacy Officer Michael Robbins.

The legislation is seen as a significant step forward for safely integrating drones operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft into the airspace. AUVSI commends the committee leadership and urges the swift scheduling of a full Senate vote for regulatory clarity and support for U.S. companies.

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