House passes Rep. Rick Larsen-backed bill to support emerging aviation tech

The U.S. House last week passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, D- Everett, that would invest millions of dollars in infrastructure projects for emerging aviation technologies known as advanced air mobility.

The bill, called the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act, would help state and local governments begin building or repurposing aviation infrastructure needed for the commercialization of technologies like air taxis and drone delivery, which have seen a surge in startup activity in recent years. That has included startups like Tacoma- based Zeva Aero, which is developing a saucer-shaped aircraft, and major investments such as The Boeing Co.’s more than $450 million investment in California-based Wisk Aero, which is developing a two-person electric passenger aircraft.

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