A notice in today's Federal Register solicits comment on the collection of information from eligible entities by the FAA to select and oversee grant recipients, an important step towards implementation of the aviation technician workforce and pilot education grant programs created by last year’s FAA bill. The notices (there is also a notice for the pilot program) are related to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and provide an estimate of the reporting burden for grant applicants and recipients.
While the action does not formally initiate the grant programs, they suggest FAA is moving in the right direction.
However, Congress has yet to appropriate the necessary FY 2020 money FAA needs to implement the programs. As previously reported, the FY 2020 House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) bill contains full funding for both ($10 million total - $5 million each). The Senate’s T-HUD package contains partial funding ($5 total). The most recent appropriations continuing resolution expires on Dec. 20, so the next few weeks will be crucial in determining final FY 2020 spending levels.
ATEC is asking the community to continue asking Congress and FAA to fully fund and initiate these important grant programs. Advocacy resources (including our most recent coalition letter to Congress) are available on the Aeronautical Repair Station Association website at at http://arsa.org/legislative/grant-program-action-center/.
Stay tuned for updates on everything ATEC members need to know as well as ways that you can help the council and the AMTS community.