House Bill Could Make EASA Certification Unaffordable

 - May 20, 2009, 11:08 AM

Section 303 of the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R.915), which comes up for a vote this week in the House, would require inspection of all foreign Part 145 certificate holders by FAA personnel. Matt Hallett, director of government affairs for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, told AIN, “This will cause the bilateral aviation safety agreement [BASA] with Europe to collapse.” Last week, 54 members of the House signed a bipartisan letter requesting amendment of Sec. 303’s damaging language. “The industry must capitalize on this groundswell. Please contact your congressmen,” Hallett urged. According to Paul Feldman, vice president of government affairs for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, “Under BASA, the FAA oversees the 1,237 EASA-certified repair facilities in the U.S. and EASA does the same for the 425 FAA-certified repair stations in Europe.” He noted that Section 303 would prompt the EU by sending inspectors to the U.S., but cautioned they don’t have enough people to handle the task. “Worse, repair stations lucky enough to receive inspections will see EASA certification fees rise from approximately $960 currently to $32,100 per inspection.”