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Knight Champions Aeronautics in FAA Reauthorization Bill

Bill includes several local priorities in research development

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Washington, DC, May 1, 2018 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the House of Representatives voted 393-13 to pass H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill incorporates provisions authored by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) to overcome technology challenges for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into 21st Century commerce. It will also develop tools to strengthen the physical and cyber security of airspace systems and aircraft, and separately, ensure the agency is a good partner to private sector technology leaders that are working on improvements to the way people and cargo fly.

These provisions were adopted from H.R. 3198, the FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development (FLIGHT R&D) Act, introduced by Rep. Knight in July 2017.

"UASs offer huge potential to our commercial, recreational, and utility sectors," said Rep. Knight "Whether it's delivering packages or helping emergency responders find a missing person, this technology is right at our fingertips and ready to improve the lives of every American. This bill will help create an environment that encourages business to develop and test new systems here in the U.S. instead of moving abroad to find an easier regulatory environment. This ensures the FAA will be a good research partner to the private sector for the safe development of UASs."

The FLIGHT R&D Act provisions in the bill would also provide additional tools to the FAA to develop a national cybersecurity infrastructure specifically designed to protect American airspace.

"Our enemies are constantly searching for ways to harm us or compromise our way of life.said Rep. Knight "We need to always remain at least one step ahead of them in order to defend our communities. With more people in the air at any given moment than any time in history, it's critical that we invest in a robust and proactive cybersecurity framework."

Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee, released the following statement:

"The FLIGHT R&D Act, included in the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act that Congress approved last week, strengthens America's leadership in civil aviation innovation." said Chairman Smith "The bill enables advancements in aviation science and helps grow the vibrant aviation economy. I thank Rep. Knight for his initiative in introducing this bill."

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, released the following statement:

"Congressman Knight is a foremost leader in Aerospace policy in Congress.said Leader McCarthy "I am proud to share the Antelope Valley with Steve, which is home to some of the most advanced aerospace developments in the world and that power our community's economy. Thanks to Steve's persistent and effective efforts, we will help maintain and grow America's role as the global leader in flight."

Representative Knight is a member of the Science, Space, & Technology Committee. He also is founder and Chairman of the House NASA Caucus, which currently comprises of 46 members of both parties.

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