Sending Office: Honorable Mark Meadows
Sent By:
Josh.Wentzel@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:

I encourage you to join me in sending the following letter to request report language in the FY20 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill reading:

The Committee notes the high number of Part 107 waiver requests received by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Committee recommends the creation of
a temporary task force under the Federal Aviation Administration composed of employees hired to more quickly process Part 107 waiver requests

The FAA receives a steadily-increasing amount of waiver requests for unmanned aircraft, making it difficult for current staff to process waivers safely while avoiding a backlog of outstanding requests. By giving the FAA the ability to review more waiver
applications, the FAA and drone operators can more quickly improve upon drone safety and test innovative new technologies.

To join, please contact Josh Wentzel by COB today, April 4, in Rep. Meadows’ office at josh.wentzel@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Rep. Mark Meadows

Letter:

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

As you begin to write the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations process, we urge the Subcommittee to consider including report language to reduce the backlog and processing times for outstanding Federal Aviation Administration waiver applications for unmanned aircraft
systems.

Unmanned aircraft have the potential to spur economic growth across our nation, and building the FAA’s capacity to efficiently work with this expanding and innovative sector is vital to maintaining the United States’ leading role in aviation. The processing
of waiver requests for unmanned aircraft is important and time-consuming. For the FAA to process requests with due diligence while avoiding backlogs that hold back important progress, Congress should ensure the FAA is better equipped to handle the increasing
volume of outstanding waiver applications.

For these reasons, we urge you to include the following report language in the Subcommittee’s FY20 bill:

The Committee notes the high number of Part 107 waiver requests received by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Committee recommends the creation of a temporary task force under the Federal Aviation Administration composed of employees hired to
more quickly process Part 107 waiver requests.

We appreciate your consideration of this request to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of the development of unmanned aircraft systems.  

Sincerely,

Rep. Mark Meadows

 

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