FAA Reauthorization: Certification and U.S. Aviation Manufacturing Competitiveness

April 21, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, will convene this hearing as part of an ongoing process for reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The hearing will be on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. entitled, “FAA Reauthorization: Certification and U.S. Aviation Manufacturing Competitiveness.”
This hearing will focus on the FAA’s regulatory certification process and reforms that could improve U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace for aviation products and manufacturing.
Delays in the FAA’s certification process for new aircraft designs have sometimes resulted in long wait times, cost increases, and varying interpretations of regulations by FAA field offices. The hearing will examine potential solutions that could expedite approval processes and shorten the timeframe for U.S. products to enter the market while maintaining safety standards.

•      Ms. Dorenda Baker, Director of Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration
•      Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director of Civil Aviation Issues, Government Accountability Office
•      Mr. Pete Bunce, President, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Hearing Details:  
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2:30 p.m. 

This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available at this page.

For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:

• Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

• Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421

• Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548

• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.


Witness Panel 1

  • Ms. Dorenda Baker

    Director of Aircraft Certification Service
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Baker Testimony (221.39 KB)
  • Dr. Gerald Dillingham

    Director of Civil Aviation Issues
    Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Pete Bunce

    General Aviation Manufacturers Assocation
    Bunce Testimony (265.74 KB)