Sending Office: Honorable Stacey E. Plaskett
Sent By:
Tiana.Thomas@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

FINAL CALL – TODAY AT 2:00 PM – FINAL CALL 

 

 

Dear Colleague: 

 

We
invite you to join us in a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) FY 2020, to require any funding that would enable reduced oceanic separation of aircraft be provided on a performance-based, technology-neutral
basis. The deadline to sign onto this letter is TODAY, April 3, 2019 at 2:00pm.
If you have further questions or would like to sign on, please contact Tiana Thomas
tiana.thomas@mail.house.gov in Congresswoman Plaskett’s office 

 

Sincerely,

 

Stacey E. Plaskett              Bill Posey

Member of Congress         Member of Congress

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April 3, 2019 

 

 

Honorable David E. Price                                                            Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart

Chair                                                                                            Ranking Member 

House Appropriations Subcommittee on                         House Appropriations Subcommittee on

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development          Transportation, Housing and Urban Development 

2358-A Rayburn House Office Building                          2358-A Rayburn House Office Building 

Washington, DC 201515                                                  Washington, DC, 20515

 

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

As you work to develop Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, we kindly ask that you include bill language, to require any funding to enable reduced oceanic separation of aircraft flights be provided
on a performance-based, technology-neutral basis.

Sound policy is often predicated on performance-based standards, particularly in the area of oceanic separation standards. The current evidence simply doesn’t support a decision to invest in a particular technology to enable reduced ocean separation. Moreover,
a prescriptive approach would be a departure from global aviation regulatory norms, and a direct contravention of Section 329 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which instructs the FAA “to the maximum extent possible and consistent with Federal law,
and based on input by the public, ensure that regulations, guidance, and policies . . . are issued in the form of performance-based standards.”

Following the approach reflected in Section 329 will allow the best-performing technologies to distinguish themselves on their merits, ensuring the best possible results for taxpayers, industry, and the traveling public. We believe this is the most prudent
way for Congress and the FAA to pursue the goal of reduced oceanic separation of aircraft flights.

The language would include: 

Reduced oceanic separation —The Committee recommends $[subcommittee amount] for further testing and evaluation of approaches to enable reduced oceanic separation
services.  Consistent with the instruction in Section 329 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-254), the Committee strongly urges that the FAA focus on the development of performance-based standards for oceanic separation,
rather than mandating, procuring, or investing in any particular technology to provide such services.

Again, we respectfully request that you support funding to enable reduced oceanic separation of aircraft. Thank you for your consideration, leadership and support this request.

Sincerely,

 

Stacey E. Plaskett          Bill Posey

Member of Congress     Member of Congress

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Deadline Start: 4/3/2019 2:00:00 PM
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