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MANHATTAN, KAN. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement in reaction to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issuing their final rule on small airplane safety certification standards today:

“The Part 23 rule is a commonsense solution that will empower the general aviation industry to innovate while continuing to improve aircraft safety. This rule will significantly decrease the regulatory burden and costs of certification for aircraft manufacturers in Kansas, strengthening their ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.”

Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security.


  • Sen. Moran sponsored the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, legislation directing the process for establishing the Part 23 rule.
  • The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued March 14, 2016, followed by a 60-day comment period. The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which Sen. Moran supported, required that this rule be finalized before the end of the year. 
  • The rule would allow manufacturers of certain small, private planes to self-certify, removing current overly prescriptive design requirements and replacing them with performance-based airworthiness standards.