WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who chairs the Committee on Small Business, asked in a recent letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
During a hearing in June before the committee, Huerta said lack of appropriations was a reason for the failure.
“Since the program can be operated at zero cost through premiums an fees,” Graves said in his letter, “it is not clear why the agency believes appropriations to be necessary.”
He added that if appropriations were necessary he wondered why such a request was not included in the President’s budget request for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
ADS-B is needed by 2020 to comply with the FAA’s mandate for NextGen.