A bill passed in the U.S. to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and federal aviation programs for the next five years will help improve not only Oklahoma City’s air traffic controllers training program but other control towers in the state.
Congressman Tom Cole supported the passage of H.R. 3935, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This FAA reauthorization takes clear steps to modernize a delayed and strained air traffic control system and ensure it can meet current industry demands through innovation and research, new protections for passengers and strengthening the aviation workforce,”said Cole.
“This bill is also of particular importance to Oklahoma and the Fourth Congressional District’s economy and role in training the next generation of FAA-certified air traffic controllers.
He said if the legislation becomes law, it will benefit the three contract air traffic control towers in his Fourth Congressional District in Lawton, Ardmore and Norman.
“— protecting good jobs at these sites, it does so as well as for the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, home of the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City, the only air traffic controller training center in the country. Indeed, our national aviation industry cannot exist without this center and its continuation is essential.”
The GOP Representative said the legislation is important to Oklahoma and the entire country’s aviation industry.