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ARSA Testifies on Foreign Repair Stations

ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall Filler testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on June 20, 2007.

The hearing, entitled “Oversight of Foreign Aviation Repair Stations,” focused on the expanding role of international contract maintenance and the capabilities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure oversight of foreign entities. In addition, the hearing discussed work being completed by so-called “non-certificated repair stations”, both foreign and domestic.

The hearing resulted, in part, from ARSA’s successful efforts to defeat proposed language in the FAA reauthorization bill (S. 1300) that would have mandated drug and alcohol testing of all domestic and foreign repair station employees, and imposed new restrictions on the use of contract maintenance by air carriers.

Other witnesses at the hearing were The Honorable Calvin L. Scovel III, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation, Peggy Gilligan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, U.S. Department of Transportation, Robert Roach Jr., General Vice President, The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Basil Barimo, Vice President of Operations and Safety, Air Transport Association and Tom Brantley, President, Professional Airway Systems Specialists.

Mr. Filler’s written testimony is available here.



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