IAM Supports Legislation to Revive Small Airplane Industry

The IAM joins several aerospace industry trade associations in supporting the passage of the bipartisan Small Airplane Revitalization Act. The bill (S. 1072) would adopt more effective regulations for small airplanes, spur manufacturers’ investment and help put critical lifesaving equipment into existing planes.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would modernize the regulatory structure for small aircraft – commonly referred to as Part 23 aircraft – by December 31, 2015. It is based on recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and includes input from over 150 government and industry experts around the world.

“This will improve safety and also revitalize the lighter end of general aviation which has faced significant challenges in recent years,” wrote the IAM in a joint letter to Congress that was signed by six trade associations representing small aircraft manufacturers, pilots and owners, among others.

Small aircraft represent nearly 90 percent of general aviation aircraft the FAA certifies. The industry provides good-paying jobs for engineers, manufacturing and maintenance professionals and pilots who secure the economic success and defense of the United States.

A companion bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 411 to 0 vote. The Senate Commerce Committee has favorably reported it for a full Senate vote.

Click here to view the full letter to the Senate supporting the Small Airplane Revitalization Act.