Industry News

March 2000 Issue

The World According to GARA

Whether liability reform really bailed out the industry is debatable. But owners carry part of its cost on their backs.


For a couple of years before the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (GARA) was enacted, almost every alphabet group involved in general aviation was beating the drum pushing for its passage.

“Essential,” we were told, as a means of keeping the greedy lawyers at bay while opening the doors for a new golden age of GA with more than 2000 new piston aircraft a year being promised by Cessna alone.

And so Congress passed GARA and the President signed it. The law of the land now generally cuts off the airframe and component manufacturers’ liability “tail,” meaning they can’t be sued for personal injuries or death caused to GA aircraft occupants beyond 18 years fr...

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