A bill introduced in Congress would boost support for the aviation industry. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6), Northeast Missouri's representative, is the sponsor of House Resolution 5701.
The legislation is an Aviation Workforce Development Pilot Program Bill to encourage more men and women to pursue careers in aviation.
This legislation would incentivize businesses, labor organizations, schools, and governmental entities to work together to pursue strategies to develop technical talent and encourage workers to pursue aviation careers. Studies show that in four years, the country will not have enough aviation maintenance technicians to meet the demand for those services and skills in the aviation industry.
It was introduced May 8.
"As a pilot and an ATP, I have seen firsthand the importance of having a skilled workforce of aviation technicians and mechanics. All of aviation from general aviation to large commercial operations will be affected if more people do not enter this vital field. This legislation provides a viable path forward to address the skills gap and ensure the United States remains a world leader in the aviation industry," said Graves.
The bill has not yet been assigned to a House committee. Before becoming law, a bill must first get approval in committee, then by the House and Senate as a whole.
Reps. Daniel Lipinski, (D-Ill.), Markwayne Mullin, (R-Okla.), and Brenda Lawrence, (D-Mich.) are co-sponsors of the bill.
This legislation is supported by the following groups: Aeronautical Repair Station Association, Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace Maintenance Council, Aircraft Electronics Association, Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Airlines for America, Aviation Suppliers Association, Aviation Technician Education Council, Cargo Airline Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, Modification and Replacement Parts Association, National Air Carrier Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Business Aviation Association, Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association, and Regional Airline Association.