Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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As a member of both the General Aviation Caucus and House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, and having lived in Northern Minnesota my whole life, I understand the enormous economic benefit general aviation has to the 8th District, Minnesota, and our nation as a whole. Our numerous regional airports are important economic drivers of our business and tourism industries, and critical hubs for visitors and commuters alike. It is vital we ensure their continued success as major employers in our district and across the United States.

I was the original Democratic sponsor of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (H.R.1848), which was signed into law by the President in 2013. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken championed the bill in the Senate. This measure requires the FAA to update their Aviation Rulemaking Plan and give producers of small airplanes, like Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, their own set of regulations. Over the past two decades, the small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to ten times, costing us jobs and innovation. The Small Airplane Revitalization Act will help regenerate those lost jobs, as well as spur investment and accelerate new designs and lifesaving safety features for a whole new generation of small planes being built in the United States.

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Nov 20, 2017 In The News

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A House Democrat is introducing new legislation to strengthen airline consumer protections, which comes in response to a United Airlines passenger getting violently dragged off a flight earlier this year.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today introduced a bill, “The Airline Consumer Bill of Rights Act,” which would require United States airlines to provide their passengers with a simple, one-page “bill of rights,” as the European Union already offers. Currently, United States airline passengers have to comb through 37,000 pages of contract text to find their rights and airline policies.


Jul 26, 2017 In The News

BEMIDJI -- A total of $800,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Bemidji Regional Airport, allowing the facility to move forward on constructing two new hangars.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded the $800,000 and the funding will come from the EDA’s public works program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Reps. Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan.

Jul 26, 2017 In The News

ELY, Minn. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan announced a major grant for the Ely Municipal Airport.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the airport a grant of $82,581 for infrastructure improvements.

Jun 28, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan successfully moved two amendments supporting consumers and rural airports during Tuesday’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of legislation to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nolan’s amendments will be included in the final legislation that will be debated on the House floor.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today questioned a panel of United States airline industry executives, including United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, on the state of consumer protection practices within the airline industry.

Nolan focused on the practice of overbooking and the compensation provided to consumers who are delayed and inconvenienced.

Apr 18, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today called on leaders of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Aviation Subcommittee to hold a hearing to investigate the state of consumer protection practices within the airline industry.

“The recent incident where a passenger was violently removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight against his will is merely one of many instances where an airline has shown disregard for the rights of their passengers,” Nolan said.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

The debate over the Essential Air Service program is typically resurrected when legislation is before Congress to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, and Northland airport leaders say they expect this year to be no different.

The regional airports in Hibbing and International Falls are among five Minnesota airports that receive funding from the EAS program — initiated after airlines were deregulated in 1978 — to ensure that airlines continue to serve smaller, rural communities.

Jan 3, 2017 In The News

The first Cirrus Vision Jet produced for commercial sale was presented to its buyer Monday during an elaborate ceremony at the company’s new production facility near Duluth International Airport.

“It’s a major milestone to deliver the first airplane. This is a major step in the growth of our company,” said Cirrus co-founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier, who credited company employees for reaching the goal. “It’s about what you have accomplished.”