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U.S. House Passes Bill to Help Small Aircraft Makers

July 18, 2013
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-0 to pass a bill that is expected to modernize and streamline regulations for small aircraft manufacturers.

The "Small Airplane Revitalization" bill will help companies such as Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth get safety changes approved faster.

"The small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking over the past 20 years, and jobs have been lost, due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to 10 times," Nolan said on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

The Senate version of the bill has not yet passed but is gaining support.

The measure would require the Federal Aviation Administration to complete a list of improvements to its new technologies certification process by the close of 2015.

Cirrus Aircraft employs 550 people in Duluth and makes the only aircraft with a parachute safety system. Nolan said the time for better oversight has come.

"Requiring the FAA to implement the Aviation Rulemaking Plan and give this industry its own set of smart, streamlined, job-friendly regulations makes common sense," he said.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-0 to pass a bill that is expected to modernize and streamline

*egulations for small aircraft manufacturers. The "Small Airplane Revitalization" bill will help companies such as Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth get safety changes approved faster.

"The small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking over the past 20 years, and jobs have been lost, due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to 10 times," Nolan said on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

The Senate version of the bill has not yet passed but is gaining support.

The measure would require the Federal Aviation Administration to complete a list of improvements to its new technologies certification process by the close of 2015.

Cirrus Aircraft employs 550 people in Duluth and makes the only aircraft with a parachute safety system. Nolan said the time for better oversight has come.

"Requiring the FAA to implement the Aviation Rulemaking Plan and give this industry its own set of smart, streamlined, job-friendly regulations makes common sense," he said.



Source: (c)2013 the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, Minn.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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