ARSA to FAA: Define ‘Current’

 - March 31, 2009, 5:39 AM

After issuing a letter of interpretation reminding the maintenance community of the meaning of the word “current” in FAR 91.409(f)(3), the FAA has received widespread criticism. The rules require aircraft owners and operators to maintain their aircraft in accordance with a “current inspection program recommended by the manufacturer.” However, the interpretation states that owners and operators are not legally obligated to adhere to the most recent updates to maintenance instructions or inspection programs, but only the maintenance requirements in place when the aircraft was built. The Aeronautical Repair Station Association has asked the FAA for guidance because “the new interpretation is causing significant confusion among certified repair stations.”