Three-month FAA extension approved

Congress has extended the authority of the FAA through the end of the year. 

The extension was passed late Saturday as part of a 45-day spending bill that averted a government shutdown. 

FAA funding had been set to lapse on Sept. 30. In July, the House passed a bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill, but a companion Senate bill has yet to receive a hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation due to a dispute over pilot training. 

With the extension of its authority, the FAA can continue to assess taxes on passenger tickets and general aviation fuel purchases, which are used to fund capital improvements at airports and within the broader aviation system. 

In a statement praising the extension, trade group Airlines for America said it is confident Congress will pass a multiyear reauthorization by the end of this congressional term, which continues until January 2025.

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