Today, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman John Salazar announced that provisions he introduced will be included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009. The FAA Reauthorization Act reauthorizes appropriations for FY2009-FY2012 for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning programs; air navigation facilities and equipment; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations; and FAA research, engineering, and development. It authorizes additional appropriations from the general fund of the Treasury for aviation programs through FY2012. The FAA Reauthorization Act passed in the House of Representatives today and will now go to the Senate for consideration
Congressman Salazar, who is himself a small aircraft pilot, included language in the FAA Reauthorization Act that will improve air safety for medical providers. In 2008, the American air medical services community saw its largest number of line-of-service medical helicopter deaths29 in 13 separate accidents. In an effort to prevent future tragedies, Congressman Salazar introduced HR 1201 earlier this year. Much of the language from that bill is now included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009.
On the inclusion of his language, Congressman John Salazar offered the following comments:
"As a pilot I know the pressures that can come with flying and I know those pressures are only amplified in an emergency situation. With the inclusion of this language in the FAA Reauthorization Act we hope to add an additional layer of safety for our caregivers and to honor the remarkable sacrifices of those who have given their lives while trying to save others."