ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Contact Us Online Portal

ARSA Files Brief in Accountable Manager Litigation

On July 17, ARSA filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the relationship between the regulatory responsibility of an “accountable manager” and his or her potential criminal liability.

In U.S. v. Weygandt, a number of repair station employees pled guilty to various charges related to the issue of FAA Form 8130-3s incorrectly certifying completion of tests required by component maintenance manuals. Prosecutors also indicted and convicted the repair station’s accountable manager of conspiracy based on that individual’s general responsibility for work performed in the facility.

The brief goes to great length to detail the history and purpose of the accountable manager position. ARSA also explained how the FAA’s intent not to impose personal liability on accountable managers for the certificate holder’s operations was distorted at trial.

Tune in to this month’s hotline newsletter for deeper analysis of the association’s brief. If the conviction and its subsequent upholding by a panel for the Ninth Circuit stand, it would set a dangerous precedent of criminal culpability that should make everyone a little nervous.

To read the complete brief, click here.



More from ARSA

FAA “Committed” to Workforce Program but Needs Encouragement

On April 11, ARSA received the FAA’s response to the Feb. 5 coalition letter regarding funding for the new aviation workforce development grant programs created by Sec. 625 of last…Read More

Hotline Highlight – Going Big with a Mini Display of ARSA Pride

The hotline – ARSA’s premier member newsletter – contains news, editorial content, analysis and resources for the aviation maintenance community. All members should ensure they receive their edition the first week of…Read More

Quick Question: Ready for 2020 (Conference Planning)

In Washington, D.C., planning for 2020 is typically focused on the next presidential and congressional elections. Though ARSA’s legislative team is busy actually getting things done on Capitol Hill before…Read More

ARSA Gets More Time on New Maintenance “Profession” Guidance

On March 29, ARSA requested an extension of the April 4 comment deadline for draft Advisory Circular (AC) 65-30B, “Overview of the Aviation Maintenance Profession.” In response, the FAA provided…Read More

FAA Updates Industry on AVS Strategy and Brexit

On March 22, ARSA’s Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall Filler attended two FAA briefings of industry stakeholders hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association. The first, from Associate Administrator…Read More
ARSA