Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety.
Sarah MacLeod, Arsa’s executive director, said the organization sought to ensure that its response comprehensively addresses the concerns and interests of all repair stations. MacLeod told AIN, “The agency proposed many bureaucratic additions that did not enhance clarity or safety. Arsa provided a roadmap for the agency to truly modernize this important regulation. It focuses on developing an enhanced industry standard while ensuring the agency’s ability to conduct comprehensive oversight and enforcement activities.”
The association’s response points out several areas of concern. Among them are the absence of a line maintenance rating, a requirement for permanent housing and separating the operations specification from the certificate.