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GAMA Praises Passage of Small Airplane Revitalization Act by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

GAMA NEWS 13-34 For Immediate Release: Jul 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the unanimous passage today of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, H.R. 1848, which was introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and has 31 bipartisan co-sponsors, directs the FAA to implement the FAA’s Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations by December 31, 2015. The ARC’s goal, as stated by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, was to double safety and cut certification costs in half for light general aviation (GA) airplanes. A companion U.S. Senate bill, S. 1072, was introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in May.

“GAMA is extremely pleased that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee took this action today and is now sending H.R. 1848 to the full House of Representatives for consideration,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “The bill will help industry and FAA develop and adopt more effective, consensus-based compliance standards that would spur manufacturers’ investment in aircraft design and help put critical life-saving equipment into the existing fleet of airplanes.”

Bunce added, “The unanimous vote today demonstrates the strong, bipartisan consensus in Congress for the FAA to act quickly to implement the ARC’s recommendations. We appreciate the leadership of Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV), and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) in moving this legislation quickly. We also appreciate Congressmen Rodney Davis (R-IL), Sam Graves (R-MO), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Trey Radel (R-FL) for championing the bill during today’s mark-up. We look forward to working with the rest of their colleagues to ensure the bill’s passage in the full House.”

The ARC, which included more than 150 government and industry representatives, spent 18 months developing the recommendations, and was co-chaired by Greg Bowles, GAMA’s Director of Engineering & Manufacturing.

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