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 Over the past two decades, the small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to ten times, costing us jobs and innovation.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.

More on Aviation

Oct 1, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan's Airline Consumer Rights Measures Pass House as Part of FAA Reauthorization Bill 

Bill also includes Nolan's amendment to help community airports expand service to new areas


Sep 27, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass a 5-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill (H.R.302). The legislation included two bipartisan amendments from Congressman Rick Nolan - a “one-pager” consumer bill of rights and a provision that restores full funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program to $10 million.

Sep 12, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan, a member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, today announced that the International Falls, Little Falls, Princeton, and Bemidji airports will receive a total of nearly $3.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new safety equipment and infrastructure projects.

Jun 19, 2018 the Monday Report

Duluth's Own Cirrus Aircraft Flies into Aviation History - Wins Flight Industry's Top Award for Excellence and Development

As the Cirrus delegation proudly pointed out during the awards ceremony, the incredible Vision Jet is the world’s first single engine, personal jet aircraft equipped with a parachute system that actually floats the aircraft safely to the ground if trouble arises. 

Jun 11, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan today announced that the Duluth Sky Harbor airport will be the recipient of a $2,440,000 discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct runway 14/32.

The Duluth Sky Harbor airport was founded in 1939 and is located on the end of the world’s longest freshwater sand spit. The Sky Harbor airport has been beautifully integrated into an environment of beaches, trails, and old-growth pine forests.

Apr 30, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan’s Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Amendment Passes House

A simple, one-page explanation of their rights will be available to beleaguered airline passengers like these under my successful bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill the House passed last week. 

Apr 30, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced legislation to boost the IRS federal reimbursement rates for charitable drivers from 14 cents to 54.5 cents per mile, equalizing the charitable rate with the rate allowed for business travel. The measure has already been endorsed by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the Seven County Senior Federation based in Mora.

Apr 27, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The 5-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (H.R.4), $4.35 billion per year to the FAA for infrastructure and technology improvements, passed today by the House included two bipartisan amendments from U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The first, a “one pager” consumer bill of rights, requires airlines to provide a simple, one page explanation of compensation when flights are cancelled or delayed, passengers are denied boarding due to overbooking, or bags are lost.

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.