Foreign Repair Station Applications in Limbo

 - July 30, 2008, 11:10 AM

In a demonstration of how congressional mandates force lawmakers to come to grips with reality, the process of granting Part 145 repair station certificates to companies outside the U.S. has ground to a halt. Last August, Congress passed the “9/11 Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007,” part of which mandated that the TSA create new security rules for foreign repair stations. Because the TSA did not write new rules by the August 3 deadline, the Act forces the FAA to halt foreign repair station certification procedures, although this situation does not affect renewals of existing Part 145 certificates. At a July 24 House aviation subcommittee hearing, the TSA promised action. While the Aeronautical Repair Station Association is “pleased that chairman Costello and others from the aviation subcommittee drew attention to the TSA’s failure to comply with the law and recognized the heavy penalty hanging over the aviation industry due to the agency’s inaction…we are disappointed that in the four years that have passed since the TSA was initially tasked with this responsibility, the Administrator stated that a date for a final rule remains ‘unknowable.’”