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Obama signs aviation revitalization act

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 4:28 p.m.

The general aviation industry is applauding the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which was signed by President Obama on Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, sponsored the bill, which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the recommendations of the FAA’s Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by the end of 2015.

The recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate in October and the House in November.

“This is an enormous achievement for South-Central Kansas and for general aviation across the nation,” Pompeo said in a statement. “By reforming and modernizing these regulations, this law unleashes small airplane manufacturers to do what they do best: Build airplanes and get them in the air.”

In a statement, Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, hailed the law as a big win for Kansas, planemakers, suppliers, pilots and passengers.

National Business Aviation Association president Ed Bolen said that streamlining the certification process will preserve safety requirements, lead to swifter adoption of new aircraft designs and vital safety equipment and be beneficial to the aviation industry.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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