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Victory for the Flying Public! Leonardo Applauds the Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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On Monday, November 15, the President signed into law H.R. 3684, the "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act."

Here's our response and what the bill means for our customers. 

AiRport Infrastructure grants

The bill provides $3 billion per year through 2030 for additional airport infrastructure grants. The funding in this section is made available to sponsors of any airport eligible to receive grants as provided by the most recent National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

This funding can also be made available to eligible airports through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), and is an excellent opportunity to assist airports in procuring Runway Incursion Warning System technology (which is already AIP eligible).

FAA Facilities and equipment

Section 801 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides an additional $5 billion over five years for the FAA’s Facilities and Equipment (F&E) account, including $1 billion in FY22. The language states that within this amount, funding shall be included for “landing and navigational aids."

leonardo applauds the passage of this bipartisan bill

Our employees appreciate that Congress has given its approval to a historic investment in our national infrastructure, and that aviation infrastructure priorities were front and center in the legislation.

Legacy NAS ATC Systems were designed for a 20-year Design Service Life and today, 85% are more than 30 years old and are operating well beyond this date. FAA’s aging electronic systems cannot be sustained indefinitely, and comprehensive rapid modernization is required now!  We believe this is important for the country and a great opportunity for our business. These systems are critical to safety, and located in all 50 states. They are aging just like bridges and roads, and are vital not only for safety but for growing our economy.

While we’re thrilled that FAA received this funding, we are equally pleased that Congress has prioritized landing and navigational aids in FAA’s required spending plan. We appreciate that this will be a focus of ongoing Congressional oversight and we look forward to working with House leadership to make certain these systems are part of FAA’s spending plan due to Congress in the next 90 days to ensure the safety of air travel.

“We congratulate the White House and Congress on their work and especially want to thank Representative Sharice Davids and the leadership of the House T&I Committee." said Bill Colligan, General Manager of Selex ES Inc’s., Air Traffic Management Division.

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