ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Contact Us Payment Portal

Rules Under One Master

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, November 30, 2012 – A government-industry rulemaking committee responsible for making recommendations to address the lack of consistency in regulatory interpretations issued its final report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In late April, the FAA established the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation (CRI) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), as directed by Congress, to review the October 2010 report by the Government Accountability Office on certification and approval processes (GAO-11-14) and to establish root causes and recommendations to address the issue.

The ARC concluded that the agency’s Aviation Safety organization, specifically, the FAA’s Flight Standards Service and Aircraft Certification Service should review all guidance documents and interpretations, identify and cancel outdated material and cross-reference (electronically link) material to the applicable rule.  Further, the ARC recommends the FAA expand its current Aviation Safety Information Management System initiative to consolidate the service organization-level libraries into a single AVS master electronic resource, organized by rule, to allow users access to relevant rules and all active and superseded guidance material and related documents.

“During the Committee’s exhaustive review, it was clear from the beginning that standardization cannot be achieved unless the FAA and industry are singing off the same sheet of music,” stated National Air Transport Association Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Eric R. Byer, Industry Chair for the ARC.

Aeronautical Repair Station Association Executive Director Sarah MacLeod, a member of the ARC, concurred, “Consolidation of all guidance documents and interpretations, organized by rule and housed in one electronic database is the linchpin to success in resolving the lack of standardization with regulatory interpretations and making the FAA’s rules more accessible and easier for the public to understand.”

The report addresses several other issues that are predicated on the successful development of one master electronic database including the creation of a Regulatory Consistency Communications Board (RCCB) that would provide clarification to FAA personnel and certificate/approval holders and applicants on questions related to the application of regulations.

The ARC’s recommendations now head to the FAA for review and transmission to Congress in early 2013. The report is available at: http://arsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ARC-313-Final-Report-112812-Submitted-to-FAA.pdf.

###
ARSA is an Alexandria, Virginia-based trade association that represents aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies. Founded in 1984, the association has a distinguished record of advocating for repair stations, providing regulatory compliance assistance to the industry, and representing repair stations on Capitol Hill and in the media.

Contact:
Jason Langford
Director of Communications
703 739 9543



More from ARSA

GAO Releases Report on Foreign Repair Station Oversight

On July 28, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report requested by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick…

Read More

Late Registration: Administrative Agencies and Their Powers

Maintenance providers invest valuable resources dealing with the FAA, an administrative agency of the U.S. government. In order to make the most of these interactions and ensure a balance between…

Read More

Online Training: Congressional Testimony – The When, Why and How

As the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, ARSA wears a path across Capitol Hill every day. While the association’s legislative team has a deep bench of contacts and long…

Read More

ARSA Works: Housing Requirements

On July 26, the Federal Register published the FAA’s intent to issue an interim rule to update the “suitable permanent housing” requirements in part 145 for repair stations with airframe …

Read More

ARSA’s Filler Highlights Need for Risk-Based Oversight at Asia-Pacific Conference

On July 19, regulators and industry stakeholders touched down in Washington D.C. for the FAA’s second annual Asia-Pacific Flight Standards Conference. Marshall Filler, ARSA’s Managing Director and General Counsel, joined…

Read More
ARSA