AIN online - Kerry Lynch
With backing from across the industry, the U.S. House passed a bill this week to authorize funding to foster the development of the advanced air mobility (AAM) sector, including leveraging existing vertiports and other facilities to establish the appropriate infrastructure. Passed by a 338-73 margin, H.R.6270, the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act, was introduced in December by House aviation subcommittee chair Rick Larsen (D-Washington) with ranking Republican Garret Graves (Louisiana) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) and had attracted nearly 30 bipartisan co-sponsors.
The bill would establish a two-year pilot program under which eligible entities—such as airport sponsors, transit agencies, or other municipal entities—could apply for grants toward the development of AAM infrastructure. The bill authorizes a total of $25 million over the two years of the program.