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GAMA and AIA Press Senate Leadership for Floor Time on FAA Reauthorization

GAMA NEWS 18-30 For Immediate Release: Jun 5, 2018

 

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GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

GAMA Memo
Released: June/5/2018

General Aviation
Manufacturers Association

www.GAMA.aero
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA and AIA Press U.S. Senate Leadership for Floor Time on
FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC — Today the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) joined together to call on U.S. Senate leadership to consider a bill authorizing programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as soon as possible. Congress has not enacted a multiyear authorization bill for the FAA since 2012, and that bill expired almost three years ago. Since September 2015, the agency has been working under a series of short-term extensions, including the current measure expiring on September 30, 2018.

As GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce and AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning said in their letter calling for Senate action: “This comprehensive bill includes key FAA certification and regulatory reforms that will help bring new safety technologies to the market, strengthen aviation sales and exports, and more effectively utilize the resources of the FAA and industry … Overall, the bill will have the impact of enhancing the aviation industry’s global competitiveness and stimulating exports and jobs.”

Enacting a multiyear reauthorization for the FAA is important because it provides clear legislative direction, stability and predictability for government and industry. Last year, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation bill included important reforms to the FAA’s certification and regulatory procedures and streamlined the agency’s international leadership and engagement. These provisions, many of which are also addressed in the House bill, are needed today for U.S. aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers to remain competitive in a fast-changing and increasingly competitive global marketplace. The aircraft manufacturing sector is one of our nation’s strongest net exporters, and these reforms are necessary to maintain that leadership.

The House recently passed its version of a long-term reauthorization bill (H.R. 4) and so it is imperative for the Senate to complete its consideration of S. 1405 as soon as possible, to allow adequate time for House and Senate negotiators to reach a final conference agreement by the end of September.

Read the complete letter.

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (202) 637-1375 or smccann@gama.aero or Dan Stohr, AIA Director of Communications, at (703) 358-1078 (office), (703) 517-8173 (mobile) or dan.stohr@aia-aerospace.org.


GAMA is an international trade association representing over 100 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA’s members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and manage fleets of aircraft. For more information, visit GAMA’s website at www.GAMA.aero.

Communications Director:
Sarah McCann: smccann@gama.aero
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
www.GAMA.aero
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.