Washington, DC—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, released the following statement after H.R.302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, reauthorized Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs for five years. This long-awaited bill benefits Utah by supporting programs that modernize airport infrastructure and enhance aviation safety. Most of all, Utah aviation will benefit from five years of authorization wherein the industry can plan and work to support air travel and recreation with greater certainty.
“Today the Senate came together and overwhelmingly passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, keeping our aviation industry safe and strong for years to come,” said Hatch. “I’m pleased to see several pieces of legislation that I fought for pass today, and I look forward to the great benefit this reauthorization will have on so many people in Utah.”
Hatch achievements included in H.R.302:
- Geospatial Data Act (GDA, S.2128)(Sec. 751)
- Aviation Maintenance Technician School Training Program Modernization (S.2792)(Sec. 624)- Hatch legislation that requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to modernize the mandated curriculum for training programs at aviation maintenance technician schools, which has not been updated in five decades.
Jared Britt, SUU Aviation Director of Maintenance said: “SUU is proud to have been a part of Senator Hatch’s ground breaking and historical legislation. For the first time in aviation history, legislation has been passed demanding the FAA update the training it requires for Aviation Maintenance Technicians. All too often the AMT profession is overlooked, yet they have the most important job in aviation. This is a real win for SUU, and shows the truth in the fact that our representatives do act on behalf of the public interest.”