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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.


FAA Accepts ARSA Form E100, Confirming Method of MAG Compliance

On Sept. 28, the FAA confirmed ARSA’s Form E100 as an acceptable method of compliance with U.S. and EASA requirements for inspecting certain new parts. The letter was signed by…Read More

On Demand Bundles – Effective Comments and the Fourth Branch of Government

Certificate holders must be adept at dealing with the government. Maintenance providers need to understand the administrative agencies overseeing the industry and recognize how and when to engage in the…Read More

Online Training – Complying with MAG 6

For more than a year, ARSA has been leading an industry wide effort to “smooth” implementation of changes 5 (and now 6) to the U.S.-EU Maintenance Annex Guidance. Take advantage…Read More

FAA Consistency Board May Rein In Regulatory “Wild West”

As the FAA continues to hammer out the details for how the Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) will operate in the long-run, the board is addressing regulatory inconsistencies raised by…Read More

FAA Finalizes Rule on Housing Requirements, Considers ARSA Comments

On Sept. 26, the Federal Register published the FAA’s final rule on 14 CFR § 145.103’s suitable permanent housing requirements. The rule was promulgated as a result of ARSA’s December…Read More
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