GA Industry Says FAA Must Meet Certification Requests

 - March 17, 2011, 10:15 AM

Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told a congressional panel yesterday that the general aviation industry is concerned the FAA will not have sufficient funding to grant new approvals for aircraft and aircraft parts, which could cripple President Obama’s national export initiative. Testifying before the House subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade, Pelton said the GA industry is “concerned that the FAA will be unable to meet certification requests by manufacturers in the U.S. unless the FAA is provided adequate resources and implements new processes and procedures to streamline the certification process.” In his State of the Union Address in January, Obama reiterated his goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2014 as a way of creating jobs in the U.S. through the promotion of exports. But according to Pelton, “We believe [the FAA] will not be able to keep up with the demand by manufacturers and this will severely diminish the competitiveness of the U.S. industry and its ability to bring new products to the global market and create jobs in the economy.” He told the lawmakers that in 2010, general aviation accounted for more than $5 billion in exports.