Bill would modernize FAA’s Part 23 certification process to help improve safety, decrease costs and encourage innovation

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan announced today that their legislation to cut red tape for small aircraft manufactures passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the President’s desk and be signed into law. The Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 would modernize the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 23 certification process to improve safety, decrease costs and encourage innovation.

“Right now red tape is slowing down the ability of our small aircraft manufacturers, like Cirrus, from bringing new aircraft into the aviation market due to a slow and outdated approval process.  We want our manufacturers to be globally competitive, creating the most innovative, the safest, and the most advanced planes in the world,” said Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. “This legislation will simplify the process for businesses and the FAA and help our aviation sector grow and succeed. Today’s action sends the bill to the President so it will finally become the law of the land.”

A member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Nolan noted that “At Cirrus in Duluth and throughout the small aircraft industry, this bipartisan legislation is all about jobs, and the unleashing of a whole new generation of the world’s safest, most technically advanced aircraft. Small aircraft manufacturers in America have been slowly choking over the past twenty years due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to ten times. This bill gets to the root of the problem, and we look forward to the President’s signature.”

"We are pleased that the 'Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013’ has passed the House of Representatives," states Dale Klapmeier, Co-founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, Minnesota. "We are often an industry that gets lost in the bigger issues of our government and we appreciate the recognition of our contribution to the local and national economy. General aviation is a viable, flexible and economical form of personal transportation that should be supported at every level. This legislation is an important step in the right direction and we look forward to seeing the President sign the bill into law."

The Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 establishes a certain date for the implementation of the FAA’s Part 23 certification process modernization. Under current 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.