Proposed TSA Repair Station Rules Nearly Ready

 - September 16, 2009, 11:23 AM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “is one step closer to issuing security regulations for repair stations,” according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa). The TSA has submitted a draft of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, Marpa noted. The rulemaking is five years later than the Aug. 8, 2004, deadline imposed by the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, which called for the TSA to issue “final regulations to ensure the security of foreign and domestic aircraft repair stations.” The TSA also missed a second deadline of Aug. 3, 2008. Now Marpa expects the proposed rules to be published in the Federal Register possibly in December, “although a January release might be more realistic.” According to the U.S. government’s Web site, “The NPRM will propose general requirements for security programs to be adopted and implemented by repair stations certified by the FAA.”