I’m hearing some very strong rumors that the Senate is proposing another three-month extension to FAA’s operating authority. This is significant for a number of reasons, particularly because it’s the clearest signal yet that a full reauthorization bill is not going to happen this year – despite several lawmakers and industry groups saying recently that passage before yearend was vital.
The current extension expires Dec. 31, so a further one would take us through the end of March. This would be the eighth extension to FAA’s operating authority since the last one expired about two years ago. And this may not even be the last – somebody pointed out to me that the first part of 2010 will be busy for Congress and the administration, so its very likely that we’ll need another extension at least into the summer.