It appears that there is a deal in place to extend funding of FAA projects beyond the end of the calendar year.
The House Rules Committee posted an aviation extension bill that would extend the FAA’s project funding (and the FAA’s authority to collect the ticket taxes that fund aviation infrastructure improvement) through January 31, 2012. The name of the bill is the “Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011.” The FAA’s portion of the bill is known as the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part V.”
No other strategic planning or other aviation decisions are made in this extension.
The House is expected to vote on this continuing resolution this week. Authority for spending on FAA projects (based on the current continuing resolution) ends at the end of this week.