The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) has launched a new survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates. The ban is the result of the U.S. Congress prohibiting the FAA from acting on foreign repair station certificate applications submitted after Aug. 3, 2008, because the Transportation Security Administration had not finalized repair station security rules.
“The survey will help us quantify the impact the FAA prohibition on issuing new foreign repair station certificates is having on aviation maintenance companies, particularly those based in the U.S.,” Daniel Fisher, Arsa’s vice president of government affairs, told AIN.
“Arsa conducted a similar survey in the fall of 2011 and the results were eye-opening. It’s been more than four years since Congress penalized the aviation maintenance industry for the TSA’s inaction, and all indications are the situation has only worsened. Congress’ misguided policy followed by the TSA’s ten-year delay in finalizing repair station security rules is hindering job creation and growth here in the U.S. aerospace sector,” said the association.
All repair stations affected by the prohibition are encouraged to participate.