PAMA proposes extending one-year IA renewal period

 - September 11, 2006, 11:22 AM

According to Brian Finnegan, president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), the two-year IA renewal increases technician flexibility and reduces cost.

“The FAA is seriously considering a PAMA-proposed Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal modification where authorized mechanics may prove compliance with the training or work requirements every two years instead of annually,” Finnegan said. The modification does not reduce the training requirements but requires proving twice the current requirements every two years.

“Many IAs have voiced over-whelming support since it was first distributed after being drafted by Mike Harkins, president of PAMA’s first state chapter in Wilmington,” Finnegan said. “This IA issue is an important step for the FAA to take and they should be commended for their vision. We hope all mechanics support this cost-saving rule modification.”