AOPA, GAMA and NBAA hailed the signing of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 by President Obama on Wednesday. His signature formally enacts legislation to enhance–and, the industry hopes, to reduce the cost of–the certification process for new general aviation aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds, their avionics and other equipment.
The legislation requires the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA’s Part 23 reorganization aviation rulemaking committee by Dec. 31, 2015. These recommendations are focused on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light GA airplanes, GAMA said. The bill unanimously passed the Senate in October and the House in November.
“The tremendous support this law enjoyed in Congress, and the speed with which it moved through the legislative process, demonstrates a bipartisan commitment to safety, as well as a recognition that the FAA’s overly bureaucratic, outdated and prescriptive regulations must change,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “This law is a win for the government as well as general aviation airframers and suppliers, but more importantly for the general aviation pilots and passengers who will be able to benefit more rapidly from new safety-enhancing technologies.”