Senator David Perdue Works To Improve Aviation Bill, Preserve States’ Rights

Introduces amendments to increase certainty & preserve local control of drone policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) this week worked to extend the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization period one additional year through 2018, and preserve state and local control of drone policies.

“People and businesses around the world rely on our country’s aviation infrastructure to travel, conduct business, and transport goods,” said Senator Perdue. “We need common-sense policies in place to ensure the United States continues to be a leader in aviation. During this process, I worked to increase certainty for airlines and industries when making business planning decisions for multi-year periods. Additionally, states and local governments should set drone standards to meet their needs, and we preserved their right to keep these guidelines intact, instead of adopting a one-size-fits-all federal government mandate. Innovation is the foundation of the aviation industry, and these updates will help propel the industry forward.”

Senator Perdue introduced two amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. Amendment No. 3784 would extend the length of the bill for one additional year through FY 2018 so airlines and industries need to have more certainty and stability in federal policy. Amendment No. 3704 ensures that states and local governments are able to draft their own drone laws specific to their states and communities.