Review of FAA’s Certification Process: Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process

Aviation | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Oct 30, 2013 10:00am

Opening Statements

Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Subcommittee on Aviation

Hearing on Review of FAA’s Certification Process: Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process

October 30, 2013

Opening Statement

(Remarks as Prepared)

Today the Subcommittee will hear from the FAA and other expert witnesses on the Agency’s certification processes.  It is the shared goal of everyone in this room to find the right balance between maintaining the highest level of aviation safety while achieving greater efficiencies in FAA’s certification processes. 

As the aviation industry develops new products and other innovations, the FAA must likewise evolve.  Examples of this creative spirit can be found throughout the industry.  Many companies have worked with the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center to develop and test new products that improve the safety and efficiency of the U.S. aviation system.  To ensure that the hard work at the Technical Center and elsewhere in the industry is not needlessly delayed or wasted altogether, it is critical that the FAA’s certification processes keep pace.   

The Aviation Subcommittee often hears concerns from companies, operators and other certificate holders related to the FAA’s certification processes.  In particular, long wait times, inconsistent regulatory interpretations, and redundant or outdated processes have all been brought to the Subcommittee’s attention.

In response, Congress included two important provisions in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to improve the FAA’s certification processes.  These provisions require the agency to develop plans to streamline their certification processes, and address regional regulatory inconsistencies—all while maintaining the highest level of safety.  In response, the FAA submitted reports to the Committee that outline recommendations to improve and streamline certification, and address inconsistent regulatory interpretations.

Today we look forward to hearing what progress the FAA has made carrying out these provisions, and what recommendations they will implement to further ensure certification processes are effective and efficient.

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Panel I

  • Ms. Dorenda Baker, Director of Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration | Written Testimony
  • Gerald Dillingham, Director, Civil Aviation Issues, Government Accountability Office | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Jeff Guzzetti, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, U.S. Department of Transportation | Written Testimony

Panel II

  • Mr. Ali Bahrami, Vice President – Civil Aviation, Aerospace Industries Association | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Tom Hendricks, President, National Air Transportation Association | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Pete Bunce, President, General Aviation Manufacturers Association | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Michael Perrone, President, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists | Written Testimony