NATA Seeks Operator Comments on Repair Station NPRM

 - October 24, 2012, 11:55 AM

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is asking repair station operators to participate in a survey about the impact that complying with the FAA’s Part 145 repair station NPRM will have on their business.

NATA is reviewing an FAA proposal for broad changes to regulations governing repair stations (14 CFR 145), including major changes to the ratings and the process by which a repair station is certified. All existing repair stations would be required to update their manuals, make other applicable changes to their business and apply for recertification as a repair station.

The association’s review of the economic analysis indicates a “significant number of areas” where the FAA has understated the cost of compliance because it lacks accurate data or makes flawed assumptions about repair station processes. Input from repair station operators will allow NATA to show the true cost to repair stations.

“The FAA’s purpose [in introducing] this rulemaking is to adapt the regulations to the way repair stations operate and to the current state of aircraft technology. As we continue our review of the proposed rule and the results of the survey, our challenge will be to determine whether the FAA has achieved that goal,” Mike France, director of regulatory affairs for NATA, told AIN.