Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Sherry Moore Capito (R-WV) prevent future Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outages on Wednesday announced the introduction of a law for
The NOTAM Improvements Act requires the FAA to create a task force to investigate the resilience and cybersecurity of the Notam (Notam) system, which alerts pilots and crew of planes to dangers along flight routes. The Companion Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minnesota)’s ad that passed Wednesday.
The two laws come just weeks after the FAA grounded all domestic flights for several hours on January 11 due to a NOTAM system outage.
“U.S. travelers deserve safe and reliable air travel services, not nationwide ground suspensions due to system failures.By upgrading and modernizing the FAA’s NOTAM system, bipartisan legislation will safety and prevent trip derailment due to system outages,” said Klobuchar.
The bill would require the formation of a task force with representatives from airlines, airports, airline pilots, aviation dispatchers, FAA personnel unions, and aviation safety and cybersecurity experts.
“The FAA has a responsibility to ensure that air travel in the United States is as safe and efficient as possible,” Moran said. “The complete failure of the NOTAM system has left millions of Americans stranded and alerted us to the need to strengthen and modernize our air travel system. and help prevent similar failures in the future.”