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TSA Agrees with ARSA on Repair Station Security Rule

On July 28, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued long-promised guidance adopting ARSA’s position regarding when an on-airport repair station is responsible for large aircraft on its property under the new aircraft repair station security regulation.

In response to a Feb. 24 ARSA inquiry, the agency clarified that a “repair station is responsible for large aircraft when the repair station has authority over the aircraft, contractual dominion or control of the aircraft, or when the repair station knows or should know that a large aircraft has been tendered to them by an aircraft owner or operator.”  Furthermore, TSA explained that it “considers the repair station to be responsible for the large aircraft until the aircraft owner or operator has taken delivery and/or control of the aircraft.”

After the final regulation’s release, TSA originally determined a repair station is responsible for all large aircraft “on its ramp or property,” regardless of who had dominion or control of the aircraft, ignoring TSA-mandated aircraft owner/operator responsibilities.

“We commend TSA for adjusting its guidance to reflect operational realities and the agency’s own requirements and practices,” said ARSA’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel B. Fisher.  “Conflicting security requirements create inefficiencies and undue burdens while causing confusion for everyone involved. We look forward to a continued dialogue with TSA on implementation and compliance with the repair station security rule.”

 

Previously from ARSA…

ARSA: Industry Waiting Too Long for Security Rule Clarification

June 13, 2014

ARSA’s engagement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) concerning the repair station security rules continued as the association pushed the agency for an answer to a previous inquiry and long-promised guidance.

In a June 12 letter, ARSA’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher urged the agency to promptly respond to prior correspondence regarding when a repair station assumes dominion and control of a large aircraft under the rule. Additionally, Fisher requested TSA release official guidance and a “question and answer” document addressing key nuances with the regulation’s implementation.

“Our request takes on particular urgency since the agency is conducting audits and inspections of domestic and foreign repair stations despite key outstanding issues and questions surrounding the final rule,” Fisher wrote.

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