The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has asked the FAA to clarify if the new owner of a repair station can apply for an amended certificate rather than a new one.
The section of federal rules relating to new owners of Part-145 certified stations and their assets (section 145.57(b)) was revised last November, stating that they must apply for “an amended or new certificate in accordance with section 145.51”.
ARSA argues that the addition of the words “or new” has caused “unacceptable” confusion, while the FAA says the revision “clarifies that a new owner will need to apply for a new certificate only if the new owner chooses to operate as a repair station”.
In a letter to the regulator, ARSA acknowledges that Part 145 certificates cannot be transferred between owners, but argues that amending such paperwork would take considerably fewer resources for new owners than applying for a new certificate – which can take up to two years.
ARSA has suggested changes to FAA guidance material on certification, asking the FAA to “make clear an application for a new certificate is only required where the new owner opts for a new certificate number”.