ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Ask ARSA Online Portal

ARSA Praises European Efforts on ICAs

On April 19, ARSA sent a letter to two members of the European Parliament commending their recent inquiries to the European Commission regarding original equipment manufacturers making maintenance manuals available to MROs.

In the letter, ARSA’s Vice President for Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher detailed the fact that regulatory bodies aren’t enforcing their own safety requirements that design approval holders make instructions for continuing airworthiness (ICAs) available, particularly when MROs are required to follow them. Fisher wrote, “ARSA has long been concerned about not only the economic impact of this problem, but also the fact that it can and will adversely affect safety by creating inconsistent maintenance practices.”

The government-induced predatory practice, which essentially produces a monopoly for OEMs, is troubling. Some manufacturers refuse outright to provide ICAs (e.g., maintenance manuals); others charge an exorbitant amount, constructively denying access.

According to a 2012 association survey, 72 percent of the respondents said that over the past two years they saw an increase in restrictive contract provisions for manufacturer maintenance data or other practices limiting access to instructions for continued airworthiness.

Parliamentary questions are inquiries addressed by Members of the European Parliament to other parts of the European Union (EU) government.  The process is a direct form of parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of other EU institutions and bodies.  Answers to written questions are generally required within six weeks.

To view the questions asked by Eija-Riitta Korhola of Finland please click here.

To view the questions asked by Mark Demesmaeker of Belgium please click here.

 

 



More from ARSA

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

EM.TEC Meeting Covers Brexit, Bilaterals and Pandemic Recovery

On May 4, ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall Filler represented the association at a remote meeting of the EASA Engineering & Maintenance Technical Committee (EM.TEC). EASA managers briefed…Read More

Hotline Highlight – Manual Transmission Comes Standard

The hotline – ARSA’s premier member newsletter – contains news, editorial content, analysis and resources for the aviation maintenance community. All members should ensure they receive their edition the first week of…Read More

Manuals & Tools

Tools for ARSA Members | RSQM Compilation | Order Form | FAQ The association provides model manuals, programs and supplements designed to assist companies with regulatory compliance. Each model or template has…Read More

ARSA Survey – Recovery Renews Workforce Concerns

In the wake of 2020’s unprecedented economic disruptions, the aviation maintenance industry is showing signs of recovery. ARSA’s 2021 member survey illustrates cautious optimism tempered by renewed concerns about the technician…Read More
ARSA