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The Transportation Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on July 10 to send to the House floor Rep. Mike Pompeo's (R-Kan.) legislation (H.R. 1848), which streamlines the certification process for small aircraft.

H.R. 1848, titled the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, directs the FAA to modernize and revamp by December 31, 2015, the regulatory structure for small aircraft certified under Part 23. The goal of the legislation is to help industry and the FAA develop and adopt a more consensus-based compliance standard.

The bill is based on the recommendations of a recently completed FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) of industry and government representatives, which were compiled over an 18 month period.

Pompeo, who represents several general aviation companies in his Kansas district, worked with the FAA to write the legislation. Pompeo told POLITICO in May that he hoped the new approval process could help turn around the industry, which has struggled in recent years.

General aviation includes any aircraft not used for commercial air travel.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has said she would introduce companion legislation in the upper chamber.

Posted in: Washington News
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