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A Momentous Colloquy For the ATM Industry

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Soon after the President signed the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act into law, Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) delivered an important colloquy that we at Leonardo are grateful for. 

A few thoughts we'd like to share from our team:

We thank Chairman Larsen and Rep. Davids for their leadership in accelerating the replacement of aging aviation infrastructure. We are grateful that they took the time to engage in a colloquy on this issue, and we especially appreciate their strong statement that the current state of navigation aids in the NAS is a real problem and not something that can continue to be ignored.

As the colloquy makes clear, securing the $5 billion in fresh FAA funding for Facilities & Equipment was a significant step forward, but the money is only as useful as the way it is spent. We are heartened that Chairman Larsen and Rep. Davids reinforced Congressional intent that landing and navigation aids must be proportionally funded under this section of the law, and we share their commitment to ongoing oversight of FAA as the agency compiles its 2022 spending plan.

This colloquy will serve as an invaluable tool both to the flying public and to the key Congressional committees of jurisdiction to ensure that navigation aid funding is front and center on FAA’s priority list.

The colloquy is also a clear victory for Selex and our federal advocacy efforts. It's a measurable demonstration that by developing a clear message, supported by the facts, Congressional support can be brought to bear to address complex challenges.

This benefits not just the companies who are designing, manufacturing and supporting ground-based navigation and landing aids in the US, but also, and most importantly, our customers who are the flying public. 

Thank you again, Chairman Larsen and Rep. Davids! Here's to a bright future in the skies.