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The House Passes Small Airplane Revitalization Act...Bill Heads to Senate...

Small airplaneTuesday, July 16th, the House unanimously passed (411-0) the Small Airplane Revitalization Act.  The Act requires the FAA, http://www.faa.gov/ to replace current prescriptive regulations on small aircraft certification with performance-based regulations.  If the Bill is signed into law, the FAA would be required to implement recommendations drafted by the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by the end of 2015.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who introduced the legislation two months ago, says, "These new streamlined regulations will decrease costs, increase safety and improve global competitiveness".

Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) http://www.gama.aero/, says, "The Bill will allow manufacturers to bring innovative, safety-enhancing products to market, reduce certification costs and help revitalize the lighter end of the GA market. The overwhelmingly positive vote today makes it crystal clear that the FAA should implement these rules without delay". 

Provisions in the Bill will help manufacturers bring new technology designed for Part 23 airplanes to the marketplace faster.

Supporters of the Bill say that the FAA's current regulation of small aircraft is burdensome and prevents the introduction of new technologies in the cockpit that improve safety and performance. The General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) http://www.nbaa.org/  and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) http://www.eaa.org/ have all expressed support for the Bill.

 

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