ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Ask ARSA Online Portal

ARSA Cautions Clinton on Aviation Exports

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 9, 2010 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has told the Obama administration that legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the global competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace industry.

In a letter sent yesterday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein warned that proposed language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill will obstruct aviation maintenance exports and hinder the ability of U.S. companies to compete internationally. In a recent visit to the Boeing maintenance facility at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, Secretary Clinton acknowledged aerospace is the United States’ leading export.

Klein praised the Obama administration’s commitment to strengthening the U.S. economy through the National Export Initiative (NEI), but said the pending legislation is contrary to that effort.

ARSA asserts that provisions in the House legislation requiring the FAA to inspect foreign repair stations twice annually and imposing mandatory drug and alcohol testing on overseas repair stations will violate international accords, resulting in retaliatory measures by key trading partners. Furthermore, the House bill fails to recognize our longstanding U.S.-Canada Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA), which treats certification granted by Transport Canada to an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) as the equivalent of FAA approval.

In the letter, Klein urged Secretary Clinton to weigh-in with Congress and “ensure that the requirements and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) be allowed to dictate international safety and security laws and regulations.”

To read the full text of the letter click here.

###

ARSA is an Alexandria, Virginia-based trade association that represents aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies. The association has a distinguished 25-year record of advocating for repair stations and providing regulatory compliance assistance to the industry.



More from ARSA

Quick Question – Sustainability

The association has received an increasing number of inquiries regarding sustainable practices in aviation maintenance. Industry media outlets are now giving cover treatment to “sustainability” and relating the practice to…Read More

Anti-Viral Measures

For the use of its members and the larger aviation community, ARSA is maintaining this page as a resource for virus-related updates on policy initiatives and business needs. Please bookmark…Read More

DOT Announces $482 Million in Jobs Program Awards

To keep tabs on all of ARSA’s work related to the current pandemic, visit arsa.org/anti-viral-measures. On Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will offer $482.3 million in…Read More

A Veteran at Lifelong Learning – 2021 Scholarship Winner Fawn Carrington

In September, ARSA awarded its 2021 scholarship to Fawn Carrington of Tulsa Technology Center. Carrington is an Air Force veteran committed to aviation education for life. The grant is part…Read More

How’s Marshall?

ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall S. Filler spent August undergoing and recovering from not one, but two open-heart surgeries. The initial procedure included installation of a “bovine replacement”…Read More
ARSA