ARSA to Clinton: Remove Foreign Repair Station Language in FAA Bill

 - June 12, 2010, 2:44 AM

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is warning the Obama Administration that wording in the FAA reauthorization legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the global competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace industry. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ARSA executive vice president Christian Klein said that proposed language in the bill that would require foreign repair station inspections could obstruct aviation maintenance exports and hinder the ability of U.S. companies to compete internationally.

ARSA asserts that provisions in the House legislation requiring the FAA to inspect foreign repair stations twice annually and imposing mandatory drug and alcohol testing on overseas repair stations will violate international accords, resulting in retaliatory measures by key trading partners.

“Furthermore, the House bill fails to recognize our longstanding U.S.-Canada bilateral aviation safety agreement, which treats certification granted by Transport Canada to an approved maintenance organization as the equivalent of FAA approval,” ARSA said.

Klein urged Clinton to weigh in with Congress and “ensure that the requirements and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) be allowed to dictate international safety and security laws and regulations.”