General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce briefed members of the U.S. House General Aviation Caucus today on two issues the group considers important to the future of general aviation: the Part 23 certification rewrite and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Caucus co-chairs Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) invited Bunce to participate as part of a series of briefings the caucus is holding with key government and industry leaders to raise awareness of general aviation issues.
At the briefing, Bunce said the process for certifying aircraft must be reformed so that manufacturers can bring new, safety-enhancing products and technologies to market “without enduring unnecessarily cumbersome and costly regulatory hurdles.” He also urged Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which has provided more than $1 billion in financing for fixed-wing business airplanes and rotorcraft since 2012, “allowing companies to compete globally and keep workers employed.” The bank’s current authorization expires on September 30.
“I’m pleased to have this opportunity to talk with national leaders who genuinely care about the future of general aviation,” Bunce said. “The General Aviation Caucus is a critical forum for our industry and provides us the opportunity to discuss issues vital to our industry’s growth and success, such as the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and certification reform.”