Bill Hikes FAA Certification Staff

 - September 26, 2006, 8:16 AM

The enactment of the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill will restore planned cuts in the FAA’s aircraft certification service, a move that has drawn praise from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The final bill provides $4 million more than the FAA budget request and returns staffing to FY2004 levels.

“With enactment of this year’s FAA appropriations bill, Congress has provided the resources to prevent continued reduction of staffing levels in the FAA’s aircraft certification service,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

GAMA said the congressional action recognizes the important relationship between the FAA and industry, which is critical to bringing new and enhanced aviation products to market, as well as to facilitating efficiencies in the certification process.