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May 25, 2021

Inhofe, Duckworth, Hyde-Smith, Rubio, Wyden Introduce Bill to Create Center for Aviation Advancement

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week introduced S. 1752, a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation.

The National Center for the Advancement of Aviation would serve as a national, independent forum to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between all sectors of aviation and aerospace stakeholders and related partners, with a particular focus on aviation and aerospace workforce development. It would allow these sectors to coordinate, promote, and support the future of aviation and ensure that the United States remains a global aviation and aerospace leader.

“As we continue to advance as a nation, we are in need of a center to address the demands and challenges associated with our growing aviation industry,” Inhofe said. “The National Center for the Advancement of Aviation will empower a collaborative process to promote aviation in the United States and enable the development of the next generation of aviation and aerospace workers. As a pilot myself, I am proud to continue to advocate for aviation stakeholders and introduce this bill today alongside Sens. Duckworth, Hyde-Smith, Rubio and Wyden to establish the NCAA.”

“As a pilot, I know that investing in aviation-focused education and workforce development programs helps attract and retain the best talent and keeps our nation at the forefront of global aviation innovation,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to introduce the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act with Sen. Inhofe to support the development of next-generation aviators and foster collaboration in the aviation and aerospace industries to help meet the demands and challenges of tomorrow.”

“To build on U.S. leadership in aviation, we must make a concerted effort to focus on education, workforce development, research, and collaboration,” Hyde-Smith said.  “The National Center for the Advancement of Aviation would pool resources of all aviation and aerospace stakeholders to chart a strong future for our national aviation system.  I believe it will also benefit Mississippi’s growing aviation and aerospace sector.”

“Florida’s aviation and space industries are critical to both the state's economy and America’s national security interests,” Rubio said. “I’m proud to join Senator Inhofe and colleagues in reintroducing the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act, which would promote the continued innovation and growth of these industries.”

"Creating a National Center for the Advancement of Aviation would keep the United States on the leading edge of aviation and aerospace technology, while cultivating the next generation of pilots and workers," Wyden said.  "I'm proud to join this effort to create an NCAA to spur innovation in the fields of aviation and aerospace."

This legislation is strongly supported by a large cross-section of stakeholders representing hundreds of thousands of individuals, companies, schools and other entities involved in all segments of aviation and aerospace. Those stakeholders wrote a letter of support for this legislation, which can be viewed here.

For full text of the bill, click here.

For more information on the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation, click here.

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