Battle looms over differing FAA reauthorization bills

07/20/2009 | Aviation Week & Space Technology

The Senate's $17 billion FAA reauthorization bill has set up a clash with House lawmakers who want a big increase in passenger facility charges and sharp curbs on airline alliances -- two provisions largely rejected by the Senate. The House also wants stepped-up inspections of foreign repair stations, while the Senate has signaled its intentions to exempt regions such as Europe from the inspection requirement. Neither version includes landing fees for general aviation, though Senate leaders have voiced greater support for such fees, which the Obama administration plans to introduce in fiscal 2011.

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