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 Over the past two decades, the small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to ten times, costing us jobs and innovation.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

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.”

Jan 3, 2017 In The News

Christmas came early for Joe Whisenhunt and his family on Monday as they picked up a shiny new jet in a shiny new building in Duluth.

“It’s a day we get to celebrate with Joe and his family,” said Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier. “Most of you have seen Joe around. This is Cirrus number 11 for Joe.”

Jan 3, 2017 In The News

DULUTH, Minn. – After years of planning , Cirrus Aircraft, unveiled their very first Vision Jet to the Duluth community.

The Cirrus Aircraft Vision Jet is the worlds first single engine personal jet and is known for being spacious. It can accommodate up to five adults and two children.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Rick Nolan and Mayor Emily Larsen were among many others in attendance today..

Jan 3, 2017 In The News

With much fanfare, Cirrus Aircraft opened its new $12.7 million finishing plant in Duluth Monday and celebrated the first delivery of its new single-engine Vision Jet.

It took Cirrus and more than 1,000 employees a decade to design, build, test and win federal approval for the propeller-less aircraft that costs just under $2 million. A recession, layoffs and company sale delayed — but never derailed — the project over the years to create the first single-engine "personal jet."

Dec 1, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s legislation (H.R. 6014) to reduce unnecessary cost burdens on State and Local governments and their airports from the Federal Government when conducting airport improvement and expansion projects today passed in the U.S. Senate and is now heading to the President’s desk for final approval.