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FAA Releases Revised Repair Station Quality Manual Guidance

Despite calls for a re-write from ARSA, FAA’s revised repair station manual guidance is little changed from previous versions.

Printed headline: More Than Just a Manual

The FAA released a revised version of its "Guide for Developing and Evaluating Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals," an update to current Advisory Circular 145-9. Like its predecessor, Advisory Circular 145-9A elaborates on the minimum requirements for a repair station manual and/or quality control manual, and provides one way—although not the only way—to meet Code of Federal Regulation requirements.

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A draft version of the guidance material—released for comment in the summer of 2016—was met with staunch industry criticism. Comments penned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association called for clear delineation between regulatory requirements and “best practices” and discouraged focusing attention on form over substance. The trade association also asked for a more comprehensive, holistic approach, maintaining that the AC should set forth all certification expectations, and not just outline repair station manual requirements.

Despite the call for a rewrite, the final advisory circular’s structure and content mirrors that of previous iterations. Within the historic framework, several sections were expanded upon and some regulatory references added. The revised guidance material includes enhanced information on working at a remote station, line maintenance authorization, contract maintenance functions, service difficulty reporting and notification for hazmat authorization

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