Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013

On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (SARA). The bill authorizes the FAA to issue a final rule that advances the safety and continued development of small airplanes by adopting changes to 14 CFR part 23 (i. e. smaller Normal, Utility, Acrobatic category airplanes). Among the objectives of the future rule are to (1) establish a regulatory regime for small airplanes that will improve safety and reduce the regulatory cost burden for the FAA and the aviation industry, (2) establish broad, outcome-driven safety objectives that will spur innovation and technology adoption, (3) replace current, prescriptive requirements under part 23 with performance-based regulations, and (4) use consensus standards to clarify how the safety objectives of part 23 may be met using specific designs and technologies.

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