Government Affairs Signed omnibus bill extends FAA reauthorization By Robert Silk / March 23, 2018 Share 1 -- Congress has once again agreed on a temporary funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration. The six-month extension was included in the massive 2018 appropriations bill signed by President Trump on Friday. The extension came eight days ahead of the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the FAA in order to avoid a partial shutdown of the agency. The FAA has been funded for the past six months by a similar short-term measure while Congress struggles to agree upon a longer-term reauthorization. A major cause for the deadlock, however, went away last month when House transportation committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) threw in the towel on a controversial effort to remove operational management of the U.S. air traffic control network from the FAA and turn it over to a non-profit entity government by a board of aviation-interest stakeholders. A long-term reauthorization bill, however, could still spark debates over issues such as pilot training requirements, the regulation of commercial aircraft seat configurations and laws surrounding drone operations.