Response To EASA Information Request – Act Now!
The industry has taken notice that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is sending letters to part 145 repair stations in the United States with EASA approval requesting information on the number of technical staff and types of ratings held by each company.
The information is being requested in anticipation of congressionally mandated inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of foreign based repair stations, including those located in countries with bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA). The European Union (EU) has made it clear that if the legislation passes without exempting BASA countries with Maintenance Implementation Procedures, EASA will be required to fully certificate all U.S. based repair under EASA part 145. The legislation is the House version of the FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 915), which contains arbitrary twice annual inspections of all foreign repair stations by FAA personnel and requires that foreign repair station personnel be included in the Department of Transportation drug testing pool. The EU has stated that these provisions are contrary to the BASA and if they become law, the BASA will cease to operate.
However, the bill has yet to become law. The Senate version of the FAA reauthorization legislation (S.1451) contains less onerous provisions. That bill currently awaits a vote by the full Senate. After passage of S. 1451, it will be conferenced with the House version, meaning that the two bills will be compromised to create one final bill that will be voted upon by both the House and Senate before being forwarded to the president for signature. If the House language is removed in conference, the BASA will stay intact and fees associated with EASA certification will remain at current levels.
Now is the time to ensure that the measures in the House bill are defeated and access to the European market remains economically viable! Contact your representatives to let them know how trade prohibitive measures in FAA reauthorization will impact your business. ARSA has constructed a form letter for repair stations to place on company letterhead and fill in with pertinent data and fax to senators and representatives. Fax numbers for representatives and senators can be found at www.congress.org.
The letter to Representatives may be found here.
The letter to Senators may be found here.
If you have any questions or need assistance please contact ARSA Director of Government Affairs Matt Hallett at 703 739 9543.
ATA Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Forum
Attend the 52nd Annual NDT Forum in Atlanta and be a part of creating a safer industry through NDT best-practices information sharing. Explore NDT technologies through discussion, presentation and networking with airline and industry colleagues. For more information and to register, please visit their Web site here.
Spirit Avionics Hangar Bash
On Aug. 29, ARSA member Spirit Avionics held its first annual Hangar Bash fund raiser to benefit the Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) program. Spirit Avionics is located at Port Columbus Airport, in Columbus, OH. The event was a success with over 100 persons attending the festivities. Financial support came from organizations, such as Honeywell, Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Garmin, L3 Communications, the Professional Pilots Association, Inc., Dallas Airmotive, Lane Aviation, American Electric Power and Block Investments, Inc.
YAA’s mission is to introduce young people to the exciting world of aviation via high-quality, engaging, educational programs. YAA stages half-day programs across the country, for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.
The support generated by Spirit Avionics and other contributors will allow YAA to continue to grow. The program currently has nine “squadrons” nationwide, with a dozen more squadrons under development. It costs YAA approximately $1,500 to set up most new squadrons, so every dollar raised will have an immediate impact.
For more information about YAA, including how you can start a squadron in your city, visit here or contact Dan Kiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. YAA is a 501c(3), tax exempt organization.
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