At a Senate Aviation Subcommittee hearing, Klobuchar discussed the importance of her Small Airplane Revitalization Act , which was signed into law last year, to cut red tape for small aircraft manufacturers like Cirrus and help them remain competitive
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today discussed efforts to boost aviation manufacturing in America by cutting red tape for aircraft companies. At a Senate Aviation Subcommittee hearing, Klobuchar discussed the importance of her Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which was signed into law last year, to cutting red tape for small aircraft manufacturers like Cirrus in Duluth and help them remain competitive globally. The bill, which was cosponsored in the House by Representative Rick Nolan, modernizes the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 23 certification process to improve safety, decrease costs and encourage innovation. Klobuchar also discussed the need to address barriers to exporting for aviation manufacturers.
“Aircraft manufacturers like Cirrus are helping to boost manufacturing and creating high quality jobs right here in America,” Klobuchar said. “We need to be doing everything we can to help cut red tape that is slowing down innovation and preventing manufacturers from investing in the latest technologies. This bill becoming law is an important step forward, but we have to do more to simplify not only the certification process for businesses and the FAA, but also our export policies if our aviation sector is going to continue to grow and succeed.”
The Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 established a certain date for the implementation of the FAA’s Part 23 certification process modernization. Under the previous regulations, the cost of investing in new equipment is prohibitive due to outdated regulations. The bill directs the FAA to implement the recommendations made by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, composed of aviation authorities and industry representatives from around the world, to remove barriers to investing in new designs and increase the availability of lifesaving safety equipment for existing airplanes.