NBAA Advocates for Advanced Air Mobility at the U.S. Senate
The findings of a recent Deloitte study showed that advanced air mobility (AAM) has the potential to contribute significantly to the U.S. economy by generating up to $115 billion annually by 2035 and creating more than 280,000 high-paying jobs. This represents an amazing opportunity for lawmakers and innovators to ignite economic growth while providing before unforeseen services in urban and emergency mobility. In light of this, the NBAA has been doing a magnificent job advocating leaders for proper investment in the infrastructure to support AAM.
Last week, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) outlined the promise of AAM and presented a plan for supporting policies to the U.S. Senate. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen explained the benefits of AAM to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation. He explained that AAM would bring significant job creation and economic growth while supporting sustainability, accessibility, and contributing to national security. Hoping to encourage the creation of laws that would support and encourage the development of AAM, Mr. Bolen emphasized the fact that these aircraft will provide connections that are not available through existing aviation infrastructure and this would enable the government to resolve the challenges of congested metropolitan areas as well as “provide additional relief in the aftermath of natural disasters, increase access for rural and mid-sized communities and link the remote spokes of cargo and supply chain networks.”
Undoubtedly, AMM brings with it the potential to completely overhaul how we imagine urban travel. But, as Mr. Bolen stated in the Senate, the right support from lawmakers is vital. He urged them to prioritize AMM in four key areas: to ensure transparency and certainty in the regulatory process; to develop a national strategy to coordinate AAM integration at the federal, state and local levels to include AAM demonstration cities modeled after the UAS Pilot Program; to provide continued investment in aviation infrastructure and other assets that will promote the manufacture, availability, and use of these world-leading technologies; and to preserve congressional oversight of the nation’s aviation system.
Well done to Mr. Bolen and NBAA on the great advocacy— let’s hope the lawmakers were convinced.
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