ARSA Warning Over FAA Tests For Overseas MRO Workers

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has criticised planned changes to FAA rules that would require certain workers at MRO facilities outside the US to undergo drug and alcohol testing in line with FAA requirements.

The FAA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was out for consultation until July 17, would require “employees responsible for safety sensitive maintenance functions” at foreign MRO stations to undergo tests.

However, the ARSA and other bodies, including Airlines for America and IATA, have argued that imposing such rules outside the US could damage bilateral aviation safety agreements and harm MRO businesses.

Daniel Fisher, vice president of legislative affairs for ARSA, warned: “This is a solution in search of a problem, not a good-faith effort to protect the public. In the end, this rule would impose costs on businesses … while producing no additional safety benefit.”

The ARSA has called on the FAA to respect national sovereignty by ensuring that the new rules are “consistent with the applicable laws” of the countries affected.

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