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ARSA Requests OpsSpecs Clarification

On Nov. 21, 2007 ARSA sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting issuance of a memorandum from the Office of the Chief Counsel clarifying the proper procedures for issuing changes to 14 CFR part 145 air agency certificates by Aviation Safety Inspectors. After hearing from members that they are receiving “new” Operations Specifications (OpsSpecs) with changes to their ratings that had not been requested, ARSA believed action was necessary.

These new OpsSpecs were provided with the intent of having an immediate effect on the repair station certificate. As ARSA stated in its letter, “While the FAA can take immediate action in the interests of safety, the proper procedures for certificate action are being circumvented by removing or changing ratings set forth in OpsSpecs without the certificate holder’s request or due process.”

Due to the serious nature of this action, ARSA requested an expedited review. Stay tuned to www.arsa.org for updates.

A copy of the letter can be found here.



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