Nolan, Klobuchar Sponsor New Small Aircraft Legislation

Posted at: 09/03/2013 5:53 PM

A bill sponsored by Minnesota Democrats in Washington aims to cut red tape for aircraft manufacturers, to make those companies in America more competitive.

Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Rick Nolan touted the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 Tuesday morning at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth along side Northern Aero Alliance Director Mike Lundstrom and Mayor Don Ness.

They said it will streamline the Federal Aviation Administration's certification process for small planes, allowing companies like Cirrus to be more competitive in the world market.

"We think that this bill is necessary to help cirrus grow and to add even more jobs in this region," Klobuchar said.

Nolan added that the legislation will make it "more possible for the great innovators at Cirrus and other manufacturers to move forward with these kind of creative, safe, better ways of supplying small aircraft both here in the United States and around the world."

Klobuchar's office said the bill will improve safety, decrease cost and encourage innovation.