Congress Adds to FVL Funding

US Capitol Building The FY18 Omnibus conference report was filed last night (March 21, 2018), which included the additional $10M for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) that had been approved in June by the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D), as well as an additional $5M for "rotary wing development" in the same budget line for the US Army's "Advanced Aviation Technology". (For more on FY18 advocacy efforts see "FY2018 FVL Actions," Dec. 22, 2017.)

Once the FY18 Omnibus Bill is passed by the full US Congress and signed into law by the President, this will total $50M that AHS — working with the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) and our industry partners — has succeeded in adding to the US Army's science and technology budget to reduce risk for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrations and the FVL initiative. 

Also added to the science and technology Budget Activity 31 was the Army Research Laboratory's Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (see "The Army Research Lab (ARL) Looks to the Future of Vertical Flight," Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018).

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.

AHS will continue to work with our partners and our representatives in the US Congress to support robust funding of Future Vertical Lift in the coming years. 

Posted 2018-03-22