The General Aviation Manufacturers Association issued a positive report on the state of their members who produce GA aircraft. The numbers, both shipments and billings, showed positive rates of increase. That’s the good news. Its second message was, in some ways, more significant.
Pete Bunce, GAMA’s President and CEO, issued a not-so-subtle caveat to that statement when he added the following comment on the future:
However, significant impediments remain in our member companies’ ability to bring new, innovative and safety enhancing products to our customers. While we have seen positive steps by FAA’s leadership to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the certification process, much work remains to be done to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by improving and emerging markets.
It is indeed frustrating when demand for and innovations in aircraft development are being constrained by regulatory processes and resources (a subject addressed extensively here).
During a segment of the nation’s economic history when jobs are a major concern, the FAA, the Administration and the Congress need to not just talk about facilitating the expansion of aircraft products and sales, but DO SOMETHING SOON THAT ALLOWS THIS POTENTIAL TO BE HARVESTED. No one is suggesting a diminution of the standards, just looking for an increase in the regulatory through put.Share this article: