The Senate unanimously passed the Small Airplane Act of 2013 last week, a bill that aims to streamline the certification process for smaller aircraft, sending the act back to the House where it is expected to pass.
Sens. Amy Kloubucha (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) introduced the Senate version of the bill in May, which requires FAA
to implement recommendations from FAA
's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) by the end of 2015. The ARC was formed in 2011 to identify ways to streamline the aircraft certification process for planes that fall under FAA's Part 23 category.
The committee is recommending implementing regulations for Part 23 aircraft that are performance-based and allow for greater consideration for the complexity of lighter aircraft.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce expressed support of the Senate passage of the bill.
“For far too long, outdated and overly burdensome regulations have impeded GA manufacturers from bringing new, safety-enhancing products to market, and this bill will help correct this problem," said Bunce.