Since the Wright brothers’ first flight, the United States has been the world’s leader in aviation. Ensuring that legacy is protected is what the House of Representatives achieved by passing the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation (SGRLAA) Act, better known as the 2023 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill.

First, the SGRLAA Act improves efficiency by restructuring the FAA, making it more efficient and technologically advanced.

Second, the FAA reauthorization bill invests in our aviation workforce by reestablishing the Aviation Workforce Development (AWD) grant program. It also creates a workforce development program to recruit, educate, and retain qualified workers.

Third, this legislation invests in critical airport infrastructure across the country. Specifically airport planning and development, facilities and equipment, and processes. This will not only improve the efficiency of operations but streamline growth at airports nationwide.

Finally, the SGRLAA Act invests in innovation! America’s standing as the world leader in aviation heavily relies on our ability to continuously create. That’s why I offered an amendment to this bill which requires the FAA to fast-track approval of hypersonic aircraft development and usage.

Hypersonic flight is the future of aviation and we must ensure that the U.S. continues to lead our competitors—especially China and Russia—in this new technology. As adversaries make concerted efforts to supplant us in this arena, America’s innovation will remain the cornerstone of our national security. I was glad to see my amendment incorporated into the final bill.

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, I have worked hard to protect Georgia’s position as a leader in the aviation industry. Georgia’s airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport—the busiest airport in the world—contribute $62.6 billion in statewide economic impact.

But aviation is not just a Georgia-specific issue, it’s a national one. That is why I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure our aviation system remains the envy of the world.

U.S. Rep. Mike Collins represents Georgia’s 10th Congressional District

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