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Ensuring Fair and Effective Aviation Policy

ARSA works closely with senators and representatives to ensure fair and effective aviation policy that meets the needs of the maintenance industry while maintaining the strongest focus on safety and security.

As a heavily-regulated industry, the aviation community needs to ensure agencies, such as the FAA and TSA receive the funding they need to provide fair oversight and effective rulemaking. However, all too often legislators demand agency action but fail to equip regulators with the capabilities or capacity to respond. What’s worse, lawmakers with little understanding of aviation maintenance issues and the regulatory framework governing the industry (both globally and domestically) will often seek to micromanage repair stations by imposing new laws that don’t fit with existing regulations.

In addition to ARSA’s leadership in efforts to lift the ban on the certification of new foreign repair stations and pass the FAA bill, the Association works with lawmakers on a host of other aviation related issues. ARSA raises awareness of ICA issues among lawmakers, highlighting the repair industry’s difficulties in gaining access to these important documents. The Association’s efforts have sought to ensure that regulations are consistently and fairly enforced.

Efforts on legislative policy also include educating lawmakers about the delicate framework of international agreements that govern the aviation industry. As a truly global business, it is important that lawmakers not undermine the global backbone of aviation with short-sighted policies. The Association also fights to assure that the FAA has the resources to accomplish its missions, and keeps a watchful eye for any legislation impacting repair stations.

ARSA works with lawmakers, their staffs, and congressional aviation committees to develop an aviation policy that is responsive to the industry’s needs while also ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s aviation network.

The latest ARSA news regarding aviation policy is below; click here for archived content.

2016 SLC – What Happened in Montreal

ARSA’s 2016 Strategic Leadership Conference arrived in Montreal on Oct. 5. Whether you were an on-site participant (thank you) or a distant observer, this page is your portal to the…Read More

Coming Soon On Demand – Design Approvals & Design Changes (Part 21 Series)

On Oct. 21, Marshall S. Filler presented his second installment of a three-part series on 14 CFR part 21, “Certification Procedures for Products and Articles.” The on-demand recording of the…Read More

ARSA Requests Rewrite of Manuals Advisory Circular

On Oct. 3, ARSA submitted comments to the FAA regarding its draft Advisory Circular 145-9A, “Guide for Developing and Evaluating Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals.” The association requested the…Read More

ARSA, A4A Remind FAA It’s Never Defined “Engine Influencing Parts”

On Oct. 14, ARSA and Airlines for America (A4A) jointly requested the withdrawal of FAA Policy Memorandum AIR100-16-160-PM09 because it erroneously relied on Advisory Circular 33.70-1 to define “engine influencing…Read More

Cuba Rule Changes Begin to Put Aviation Safety Ahead of Politics

On Oct. 14, the Obama administration announced it was updating Cuba sanction rules to facilitate the maintenance of aircraft flying in and out of Cuba. The new paragraph of Sec.…Read More

Hotline Highlight: Elections Have Consequences

ARSA’s VP of Legislative Affairs Daniel B. Fisher has spent the last few months exploring how to be an active constitutent. With the 2016 U.S. election cycle in the home…Read More