For the second time, Rep. Pete Stauber is making progress with legislation aimed at making flight safer for pilots.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced Stauber's aviation safety legislation in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Aimed at improving the system that alerts pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight, the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act calls for clearer safety notifications to pilots.
“During my time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have heard from a number of pilots who have expressed concerns over the inefficiencies of the (Notice to Airmen) system," Stauber, R-Hermantown, said in a news release. "Modern aviation is incredibly safe, but in order to keep it that way, we must constantly work to update and improve upon safety protocols."
Minnesota's 8th Congressional District representative saw the bill passed out of the House last year, when he was also a member of the minority party.
After it failed to gain ground in the Senate, Stauber reintroduced the bill in February.
The sledding remains tough in a divided government, but Stauber said he was proud to lead the legislation, and "glad to have seen it garner bipartisan support from my colleagues on the committee."
The Notice to Airmen system contains critical safety information, but the notices are often lengthy and difficult for pilots to quickly understand, Stauber's office noted in a previous news release.
"These inefficiencies have the potential to create life-threatening situations," Stauber said last year.
Specifically, the legislation would establish a Federal Aviation Administration taskforce to determine what improvements should be made to the Notice to Airmen system.
Stauber is currently serving his second term on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.
The aviation bill joins another piece of legislation the retired Duluth police officer is attempting to resurrect in the Justice Act, a series of policing reforms he and Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, co-wrote in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last May.