U.S. House Research and Development bill would continue unleaded-fuel researchMarch 22, 2011 at 7:55 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has sent to the full House a bill containing language to authorize FAA research on an unleaded aviation fuel.
The bill reauthorizing FAA research and development calls for continuing R&D activities “into the qualification of an unleaded aviation fuel and safe transition to this fuel for the fleet of piston engine aircraft.” It would require the FAA administrator to develop a plan for carrying out the policy within 120 days of the bill’s passage, and for the FAA to report to the committee within 270 days on the program’s progress.
The R&D reauthorization measure, HR 970, directs the FAA to collaborate with industry groups representing aviation consumers, manufacturers, fuel producers and distributors, and other federal agencies. The legislation was introduced March 9 by committee Chairman Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), and will be incorporated into the FAA reauthorization bill, HR 658, that was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last month. The Senate passed an FAA reauthorization bill on Feb. 17. Funds would still have to be provided through an appropriations bill. [Full article]