Update — March 2, 2017:
The FY17 Defense Appropriations conference report was filed this morning, which included the additional $11M for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) that had been approved nearly a year ago by the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D).
- For the 2015 Fiscal Year, AHS successfully worked to get $14M of additional Congressional funding for Future Vertical Lift (FVL), as well as additional funding for NASA rotorcraft (see press release).
- For the 2016 Fiscal Year, AHS was successful in getting Congress to add $10M for FVL (see news release).
- For the 2017 Fiscal Year, AHS has been successful in getting House of Representatives support for an additional $11M for FYL, and has gained broad support for the final result in the conference committee.
Once passed by the full US Congress and signed into law by the President, this will total $35M that AHS — working with the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) and our industry partners — has succeeded in adding to reduce risk for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrations and the FVL initiative.
Details on the JMR/FVL efforts and about how AHS has supported the initiation and furtherance of FVL is available at www.vtol.org/FVL.
As a part of the joint FY17 advocacy campaign conducted by AHS International and VLC on Capitol Hill, industry representatives met with representatives of more than 65 offices in the US Congress to educate them about the importance in investing public funding in vertical flight science and technology (S&T) through research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E).
As reported in April, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee on Tactical Air & Land Forces voiced its strong support for accelerating Future Vertical Lift (FVL), and the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) proposed an addition of $11M to the Army’s funding line in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
With this year’s budget likely to be held up for months due to the elections, it may be some time before the final decision is made. Nonetheless, at the behest of AHS and VLC, a total of 26 Members of Congress in the House of Representatives co-signed letters on Oct. 13-14, to the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) in support of the $11M addition.
AHS and VLC wish to express their sincere thanks the following Members of Congress for their support of FVL: Jones (R-NC) – Lead R, Brady (D-PA) – Lead D, Barletta (R-PA), Boyle (D-PA), Brooks (R-AL), Costello (R-PA), Courtney (D-CT), DeLauro (D-CT), Doyle (D-PA), Esty (D-CT), Fahrenthold (R-TX), Himes (D-CT), Hudson (R-NC), Hunter (R-CA), Lobiondo (R-NJ), Marino (R-PA), Meehan (R-PA), Murphy (R-PA), Norcross (D-NJ), Olson (R-TX), Perry (R-PA), Pitts (R-PA), Pompeo (R-KS), Thompson (R-PA), Walker (R-NC) and Walters (R-CA).
Excerpt from original post from Oct. 25, 2016.