ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Ask ARSA Pay ARSA

Cuba Rule Changes Begin to Put Aviation Safety Ahead of Politics

On Oct. 14, the Obama administration announced it was updating Cuba sanction rules to facilitate the maintenance of aircraft flying in and out of Cuba.

The new paragraph of Sec. 515.572 of the U.S. Treasury regulations authorizes persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction “to provide civil aviation safety-related services to Cuba and Cuban nationals, wherever located, to ensure the safety of civil aviation and the safe operation of commercial aircraft.”

“We applaud President Obama for putting aviation safety ahead of politics and moving forward with this important policy change,” said Christian A. Klein, ARSA’s executive vice president. “The new Treasury rule will allow American mechanics and U.S. companies to more easily and efficiently ensure the safe operation of aircraft flying in and out of Cuba. That’s good news for the aviation maintenance industry and even better news for aircraft passengers.”

While this is another important step towards more commerce between the United States and Cuba, until Congress fully lifts the embargo, U.S. aviation companies remain at a disadvantage compared to those from countries allowed to trade freely with the island.

Considering the need for further progress, Klein concluded: “Congress needs to reconsider the embargo in light of growing public opinion against it and the economic harm it’s doing to both Cubans and Americans.”



More from ARSA

Repairman History Points ARAC to Certificate’s Future

On June 13, the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) received the final report of its Repairman Certificate Portability Working Group. The report includes thorough regulatory analysis in response to…Read More

Respond: EASA Survey on Parts Documentation Proposal

ARSA encourages members with EASA approval to respond to the agency’s survey regarding a proposal addressing problematic parts documentation requirements. According to EASA– The proposal would be to establish exceptions…Read More

Keep Responding – The Name Game

This “quick question” is updated based on responses each week – suggestions are added and under-performing options dropped – so respondents are invited to submit again considering new options. The…Read More

Hotline Highlight – Crawfish with Charlie

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…Read More

A Young Farmer’s Wisdom – 2024 Scholarship Winner Brian Hill

Meet ARSA’s 2024 Scholarship winner Brian Hill of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Hill is a third generation farmer whose hands-on learning began with his first chore assignments at age six…Read More
ARSA