WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after discussing the importance of aviation manufacturing at the first Aviation subcommittee hearing:

“Aviation manufacturers employ nearly 5000 people in our state. It’s important that we allow the aviation industry to innovate without hampering companies with unnecessary red tape. I’m encouraged by innovations like drones, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). While the safety of these new technologies needs to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the process should not halt development and production. I look forward to working with the FAA through our Committee to solve these issues.”

Background: The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing yesterday on ‘Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: state of American aviation manufacturing’. This industry plays an important role in employing thousands of Minnesotans, including in the 2nd District. Rep. Lewis submitted a letter into the record from one local company, Wipaire, highlighting the domestic and global needs of the industry as it seeks to maintain its position of global leadership. As a major exporter, it’s important that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plays an effective role in conducting supervision of an industry that contributes so much to our economy.