Business Aviation – by Kerry Lynch
June 5, 2019, 10:45 AM
House Panel OKs FAA Budget Boost with Safety-first Call
The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a $17.7 billion budget for the FAA in Fiscal Year 2020 that includes an emphasis on the need for a “safety first” approach and funding to staff its aviation safety workforce accordingly. Included in the larger Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill that passed the committee 29 to 21, the FAA budget proposal seeks $267 million more than enacted for FY2019 and $614 million more than the White House request.
The committee recommended $10.68 billion for the FAA’s operations account, the vast majority of which—$9.83 billion—would come from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Lawmakers dedicated $1.6 billion of the total operations account to aviation safety, saying…