AIA Urges Congress to Pass FAA Certification Reforms

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher urging House and Senate Committee Chairs and Ranking Members to enact comprehensive FAA certification streamlining reforms in a multiyear FAA reauthorization bill.

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association sent a letter signed by more than 80 individual member companies Friday to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees urging them to enact comprehensive FAA certification streamlining reforms whenever a multiyear FAA reauthorization bill can be finalized.

“The FAA’s Section 312 Aviation Rulemaking Committee submitted its recommendations to the agency on May 22, 2012 – more than five years ago – and many of those ideas along with other important streamlining proposals were reflected in last year’s FAA reauthorization bills,” the letter stated. “Although not yet enacted into law, your respective committees approved a similar set of reforms this year. We believe this demonstrates strong bipartisan support for enacting comprehensive reforms without further delay.”

U.S. aircraft manufacturers and suppliers need a stable and well-understood regulatory environment if we are to plan, hire and invest effectively – and with confidence – for the future. The aerospace and defense industry employs 2.4 million people in the United States – 13% of the U.S. manufacturing base – and has great potential to create more high-skill, high-wage jobs. Improving and streamlining FAA’s certification procedures for large transport and general aviation aircraft will help our industry reach that potential and add to the $90 billion positive trade balance we achieved in 2016.

The letter can be found on our website here: http://www.aia-aerospace.org/letters-to-the-hill/.