NCAA Presents Legislative Leadership Awards
NCAA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The NCAA maintains a legislative affairs initiative in order to support policies that positively impact aviation in North Carolina and the US. The NCAA emphasizes the following policy priorities:
- reducing burdensome regulations that do not enhance safety, efficiency and financial stability;
- preserving secure access to airports and airspace, and;
- communicate the economic contribution of aviation in NC to local, state and national lawmakers.
NCAA Legislative Priorities for 2023
- Maintain/Grow Capital Funding for Airport Infrastructure and Debt Financing through continued growth of the North Carolina Airport Improvement Program (NCAIP).
- Maintain and continue to expand the intended flexibility of the NCAIP program that sets it apart from the rigid criteria of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.
- Promote Value of Aviation with Legislators & Staff
- Highlight the Jobs, Economic Output, Taxes Generated and the High ROI of Airport Investments
- Represent Aviation Interests in Economic and/or Business Development Programs
- Expand The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Economic Development Program to Allow More Airports to Undertake Job Producing Projects
- Create an Air Service Development Program that Incentivizes New Airline Service
- Support funding hangar development at airports
- Advocate for Smart Growth, Zoning and Land Use Related Legislation Designed to Balance Airport/Aviation Safety and Local Community Needs
- Advocate for Workforce Development programs that ensure an adequate number of qualified and skilled candidates to meet the growing needs of airports and the entire aviation industry in NC
- Ensure Environmental Rule Making is Consistent
- Ensure Polyfluorinated Substances/ Perfluorooctanoic Acids (PFAS/PFOA) Rulemaking Considers an approved replacement and availability for Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
- Consider AFFF Take Back/Buy Back Program for Airports and Structural Fire Departments similar to programs in Michigan and Massachusetts
- Mitigate Airport Liability Associated with the Mandated Use of AFFF and PFAS/PFOA.
- Support Efforts to Ensure Appropriate Staffing at the NCDOT, Division of Aviation to Maintain Historically Responsive Provision of Services
- Advance Policies that Support the Licensure of Airport Authority Owned Vehicles as Local Government (Permanent Plates)
- Law Enforcement Jurisdiction for Airport LEOs
- Airport LEOs Do Not have Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), But Threats to Aviation Extend Beyond the Fence
- Cannot be “Fixed” by Local Action
- Ground Transportation Issues to include Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Companies (Turo) and Transportation Network Companies (Lyft and Uber) that Impact Airport Revenue and Curbside Management
- Support Local Bills that Benefit Airports
The NCAA 2022 Aviation Leadership Awards were recently presented to Representative Tim Moffitt and Senator Danny Britt in appreciation of their exceptional leadership and steadfast support of aviation in North Carolina.