GAMA’S BUNCE PAINTS PICTURE OF 2013—FAA BUDGET CUTS AND PROSPECT OF 2 X SAFETY @ ½ COST

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ARTICLE: GAMA: Different World Ahead

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Speaking at Red Bird Simulations’ second annual flight training industry conference in San Marcos, Texas, Pete Bunce, President of GAMA gave his insights into what 2013 will look like for aviation. While the report does not mention whether the prognosis is Sequestration induced or not, he did state that the next year will see cuts to the FAA budget, thus making doing business with that agency more difficult because they will be resource strapped.

To offset that negative observation, Mr. Bunce pointed optimistically to how the Part 23 ARC’s likely outcome will reduce the regulatory burden. He quoted the ARC’s mantra of “twice the safety at half the cost.”

The new regulatory construct will focus the certification process to the specifics of the proposed design, obviating the need to spend time “complying” with standards which have no applicability.

Hopefully Bunce’s vision is too pessimistic on the FAA’s budget and on the mark as to Part 23.

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