Aviation

Rep. Garret Graves was selected­ to serve his first term as Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member in the 116th Congress.  Previously, Rep. Graves served as Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee in the 115th Congress and was instrumental in the development and passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Graves also worked closely with other Committee leaders on the Disaster Recovery Reform Act to improve Federal Emergency Management Agency programs and strengthen U.S. communities’ ability to become more resilient to disaster. For more information about Ranking Member Graves, click here.

Subcommittee Jurisdiction:

The Subcommittee on Aviation has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, commerce, and international issues.  All programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), except for research activities, are within the purview of the Subcommittee. 

The Aviation Subcommittee is also traditionally the lead subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the federal agency responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents and other transportation accidents.  The Essential Air Service program, which ensures commercial air service to smaller communities, the war risk insurance program, which provides insurance coverage for commercial flights to high-risk parts of the world, the National Mediation Board (NMB), and passenger and cargo commercial space transportation also fall within the purview of the Aviation Subcommittee.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Aviation Subcommittee include:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • National Mediation Board
  • Air traffic management
  • Air traffic control modernization
  • Airport capacity
  • Airport Improvement Program grants
  • Aviation antitrust issues
  • Aviation labor, as governed by the Railway Labor Act
  • Aviation safety
  • Commercial aviation (both passenger and cargo)
  • Aviation consumer protection
  • Essential Air Service for small communities
  • General aviation
  • International aviation
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • War risk insurance
  • Commercial space transportation and tourism
  • Air carrier operations (both passenger and cargo)
  • Airspace matters
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Unmanned aircraft traffic management
  • Aviation commerce
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