The FAA budget for the current fiscal year, 2017, may receive a boost of $127 million. This would increase their budget to $10.26 billion which is more than $30 million over the original request. Congressional spending package “places particular emphasis on a number of areas of interest to general aviation, including certification, advanced materials and alternative fuels research and NextGen.”
The spending bill has earmarked increased funding for a variety of different programs and lines of business. It provides $1.5 million for the hiring of more specialists in support of new technology certification and expansion of organizational authorization.
The bill also addresses the funding of the contract tower program and the contract weather observers program with a prohibition on the elimination of the later. Which is very timely since the weather observers program was due to expire this summer.
Once the final bill has been approved by the Congress and signed by the president, more detailed funding information will be available for review.