ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Ask ARSA Online Portal

ARSA to White House: Government Should Trust Its Own Aviation Safety Approvals

On Nov. 17, ARSA submitted a document to the White House identifying an important opportunity for the Department of Defense (DoD) to enhance efficiency and reduce costs related to maintaining its fleet of commercial derivative aircraft (CDA).  The association’s white paper was sent to White House Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination Carlos Diaz-Rosillo as a follow-up to discussions with maintenance industry leaders during the 2017 ARSA Strategic Leadership Conference executive branch briefing.

ARSA’s position is the FAA, through its civil aviation oversight, already determines whether Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) parts and Designated Engineering Representative (DER) repairs are compliant and fit for use on the aircraft from which CDA are derived. Forcing previously-approved parts and repairs to go through the cumbersome SAR process costs government resources and wastes taxpayers’ money while ignoring the civil aviation sector’s outstanding safety and reliability record. Since SARs are rarely granted, DoD is not benefiting from the cost savings associated with PMA parts and DER repairs.

“By law, DoD has broad authority to make airworthiness determinations in any manner it chooses,” the submission said, citing Title 10 of the U.S. Code and a template from the Defense Logistics Agency. “Unfortunately, this department has translated this authority into an extraordinarily burdensome series of policies and instructions that require aircraft parts manufacturers and maintenance contractors – including those with Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solutions already approved for use in civil aviation by the FAA – to go through a redundant, expensive, slow and burdensome SAR process to gain DoD approval.”

ARSA recommended the government revise its policies to trust its own aviation safety agency, the FAA. The association urged the White House to work with DoD to recognize “any approval issued by the FAA for a product, material, part, component, process or appliance as eligible for use on a CDA.”

To read the full ARSA submission, click here.

For more information regarding ARSA’s support for its members with military business, contact Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein (christian.klein@arsa.org).



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