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GAMA Cheers House/Senate Agreement on FAA Reauthorization

GAMA NEWS 03-21 For Immediate Release: Jul 25, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2003 – REVISED – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is enthusiastically endorsing the four-year, $59 billion FAA bill that emerged from a conference of House and Senate negotiators. Known as the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, the conference bill must now be approved by the full House and Senate before going to the President for his signature.

“The conference bill is extraordinarily positive,” said GAMA president Ed Bolen. “It authorizes significant funding for the FAA, clarifies the FAA’s management structure, incorporates key recommendations from the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry, and addresses many of the issues GAMA has asked Congress to act upon.”

According to GAMA, the following are among the many positive aspects of the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act:

  • Authorizes the certification of design organizations (CDO);
  • Provides protection from the unauthorized use of type certificates;
  • Calls for the return of general aviation operations to Ronald Reagan National Airport;
  • Establishes a $100 million fund to reimburse general aviation entities, including manufacturers; for losses resulting from the September 11 attacks;
  • Streamlines the approval process for runway construction; and
  • Transfers responsibility for background checks on aliens seeking flight training to the Transportation Security Administration.

GAMA is urging the full House and Senate to quickly pass and the president to sign the conference bill.

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.