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GAMA Pleased With Passage Of House FAA Reauthorization

GAMA NEWS 09-16 For Immediate Release: May 21, 2009

Concerned with Repair Station Provision That Threatens U.S. Jobs and Safety Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2009 – GAMA praised passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill but expressed concern over a provision that would invalidate a bilateral aviation safety agreement with the European Union (EU), threatening safety cooperation with Europe and potentially jeopardizing thousands of U.S. jobs across the country.

“It is absolutely critical that we move forward on the reauthorization of the FAA programs," said Pete Bunce, GAMA’s president and CEO.  "Reauthorization will expedite modernization of the air traffic system and help ensure that the FAA can address resource shortages in the certification process.”

Specifically, Bunce expressed concerns about Section 303 requiring the FAA to send inspectors to Europe twice a year for mandated inspections of FAA-certified repair stations.  This would prevent the implementation of the US-EU bilateral safety agreement.   “The consequences of eliminating the safety agreement with the EU would threaten continued certification of EASA-certified repair stations and safety cooperation in areas such as pilot training, operating requirements and new aircraft certifications.  This would place many American jobs unnecessarily at risk,” said Bunce.  

A bipartisan group of 54 members led by Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) signed a letter to the  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership urging amendment of the provision to “protect the tens of thousands of American jobs that rely on continued U.S. leadership of the global aviation industry.”  Congressman Aaron Schock asked to make an amendment to Section 303 to protect the safety agreement, which was denied by the House Rules Committee.

Bunce added, “As this bill moves forward, we must change Section 303 to protect the safety agreement.  It not only improves safety but helps sustain our industry’s record as a contributor to a positive balance of trade, and more importantly, protects tens of thousands of high-paying American jobs.” 

Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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.