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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 Signs New Agreements with TCCA, EASA

On Sept. 15, the FAA signed agreements with two international regulatory partners, EASA and Transport Canada (TCCA):

The FAA-EASA Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement, Revision 5 of the Technical Implementation Procedures…

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Final Rule on Production Certificates and Approvals Published

The association is pleased to see that the agency released the final rule which will allow production approval holders (PAHs) to issue FAA Form 8130-3s instead of requiring an FAA…

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ARSA on FAA Extension: Time is Not on Our Side

Daniel B. Fisher, ARSA’s vice president of legislative affairs, issued the following statement in response to Congress’ extension of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The agency’s authorization,…

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FAA Posts Draft Revised Air Carrier Contract Maintenance ACs

On Sept. 22, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released two draft revised advisory circulars (AC’s) updated to reflect the agency’s air carrier contract maintenance requirements regulation. The rule takes effect…

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An Overview of MAG, Change 5

On Sept. 9, the FAA and EASA signed change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG). Repair stations must ensure compliance with revisions by Dec. 8, 2015, unless a later…

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