NATA Drives Safety 1st Clean FBO Program, Airport Grants

The Moving America Forward Act would have 4 percent of funds from the Airport Improvement Program set aside for GA airports. Julie Boatman

The National Air Transportation Association announced its Safety 1st Clean program—giving guidelines for appropriate sanitation and hygiene measures for aviation businesses—has had good uptake thus far. The association has also made progress as part of the government-sponsored bills and funds intended to help the US aviation industry return to regular operations following the COVID-19 outbreak and progressive reopening of the country.

On June 22, the US House of Representatives introduced the text of a new bill, titled “Moving America Forward Act” (HR 2), which contains a provision pushed by NATA as a key component for the industry’s recovery. According to a letter from NATA president and CEO Timothy Obitts, “The bill increases the authorization for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), and provides the funds from the Treasury,” said Obitts. “It also sets aside 4 percent of those funds for general aviation airports. As an eligible use of the funds for both commercial and general aviation airports the airport sponsor may use the funds for a list of items, including but not limited to debt service, employee retention, and the waiver of fees and leases for concessionaires and ‘other airport lessees,’ which would include NATA member companies.”

The Moving America Forward Act is scheduled for a final vote in the House as early as next week.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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