GAMA Welcomes FAA/U.S. Congressional Focus to Provide Greater Consistency in Regulatory Interpretation
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed two developments this week in the effort to provide greater consistency in regulatory interpretation: a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the issue and the concurrent release of a detailed FAA plan to implement recommendations resulting from Section 313 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
On Jan. 21, 2015, Duncan Aviation President and CEO Aaron Hilkemann, who is GAMA’s Vice Chairman, testified before the committee on the need for greater consistency in regulatory interpretation and a timely resolution process. Hilkemann discussed the work of the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which, in Nov. 2012, made six recommendations to improve the regulatory process. In his testimony, Hilkemann highlighted two of these recommendations that would help resolve issues of uncertainty. The first would establish a single master source regulatory database of regulations and all related policy, guidance, and interpretive information in a readily available and searchable format to FAA and industry. The second would set up a Regulatory Consistency Communications Board (RCCB)—comprised of FAA regulatory and policy experts—to provide guidance and independent assessment on the interpretation and application of regulations.