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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.


On Demand: Contract Maintenance – Functions and Vendors

This session provides information on obtaining approval of maintenance functions and selecting and categorizing maintenance function vendors properly under 14 CFR part 145.
Instructor: Sarah MacLeod
On Demand – Available…

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Secretive FAA Extension Becomes Law

On July 15, the president signed a bill reauthorizing the FAA through Sept. 30, 2017, which included policy riders that target the aviation maintenance industry.
For a comparison of how…

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House Committee Members, Industry Organizations Unanimous in Support of Technical Education Bill

On July 7, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587). The bill, introduced on…

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Listening Session & Update: U.S.-EU MAG Parts Documentation Requirements

Join ARSA’s regulatory team and industry members for a compliance update and discussion of the parts documentation requirements created by changes 5 and 6 to the U.S.-EU Maintenance Annex Guidance…

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Repair Specifications Listening Session On Demand

On July 13, ARSA hosted an online listening session to discuss the repair specifications AC. The recording of that session is available to all registrants. For those who could not…

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