Cirrus Aircraft Reacts to Passing of Small Aircraft Bill Aimed to Boost Jobs

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Small Airplane Revitalization Act, sponsored by Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, saw a unanimous passing by the Full U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill aims to streamline the regulatory process for small aircraft manufacturers, which Congressman Nolan says has been the reason for the loss of jobs in the industry.

According to Cirrus Aircraft President and Chief Operations Officer Patrick Waddick, the bill opens the door for companies to invest into new, state of the art products, and would be a win–win for both customers and the region.

"What that means is more employment, better economics for the regions and locales where companies are located. It's good for growth, and it's good for everybody," said Waddick as he stood in front of no less than a dozen Cirrus airplanes in the maintenance hanger.

Meanwhile, Cirrus has seen some significant growth in the past months, with a current workforce of 640 employees, 170 of which are working on their new single–engine jet.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is currently working on a companion bill in the Senate.