US bodies representing the aviation sector have called on the FAA to alter its recently published amendment to Part 145 which would effectively require repair stations to report all maintenance work.
The new rule was issued on August 12 with the word “serious” removed from a paragraph requiring that repair stations report a failure, malfunction or defect of an article to the FAA within 96 hours.
“Complying with the section was already difficult. By removing the word 'serious' aviation repair stations are effectively required to report everything that comes through the door – if an article did not have a failure, malfunction or defect, it would not need work – an expectation that is unrealistic and inefficient,” warned the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA).
“The change would impose incalculable cost on both the agency and industry and was made without warning.”
ARSA has joined forces with the Aerospace Industries Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, Airlines for America, the Cargo Airline Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the National Air Carrier Association in petitioning the FAA to reinsert the word “serious” into the rule which is due to come into effect on November 10.