Today, the Alliance for Aviation Across America applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act (H.R.3428). The bill, introduced by Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), passed in the House with a vote of 369 to 56.

The legislation would establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation to serve as a national independent forum to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between aviation and aerospace stakeholders to support and promote civil and military aviation and aerospace.

Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, commented, “We thank Members of Congress for their leadership in passing this important legislation, which would introduce our nation's youth to curriculums related to aviation science, technology, engineering and math, create professional opportunities for educators, and increase the availability of economic, safety, and research data related to aviation."

According to a study by Boeing, over the next 20 years, over 2 million new personnel, 602,000 pilots, and 610,000 technicians will be needed to meet the growing demand for travel and tourism.