FAA Withdraws Proposed Repair Station Rule

 - May 13, 2009, 12:32 PM

The FAA has withdrawn a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to revise the system of ratings and require repair stations to establish a quality program. The withdrawal followed more than 500 comments from the public. If enacted, the rule would have required each repair station to maintain a capability list, designate a chief inspector and have permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel. It also specified circumstances under which the FAA could deny a repair station certificate and clarified some existing repair station regulations. “ARSA is encouraged that the FAA responded to the industry’s comments. The proposed structure rating and quality assurance systems would have been extremely burdensome on small businesses that do not work on air carrier aircraft and articles,” Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, told AIN. “It is unfortunate that the agency was not able to correct the proposal’s deficiencies by issuing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking; the association is fearful that the delay will create Congressional demands greater than those currently pending in the House of Representatives.”