The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Lufthansa have joined Airlines For America ( A4A ) in petitioning the FAA for more time to provide input on a potential foreign repair station drug and alcohol ( DA ) testing rule .
Both IATA and Lufthansa requested an additional 120 days beyond the May 16 deadline that FAA established in its requestfor information, released last month.
“The issues presented are complex and require a detailed analysis of numerous topics including, without limitation , operational requirements and procedures , local laws , and regulations , including labor laws ,” Lufthansa—whose subsidiary Lufthansa Technik would be covered by a final rule —explains in its petition . “The FAA is better-served by receiving thorough and well-studied commentary , which requires a diligent approach best served by a broader time period .”
The FAA last month issued its advance notice of proposed rulemaking ( ANPRM ), asking the public for guidance on what DA programs extended beyond U.S. borders should contain. A final rule , which Congress has mandated, would cover certain employees at FAA-certified foreign repair stations that work on U.S.-registered aircraft .
The ANPRM poses more than 40 questions on a wide variety of issues . A4A weighed in soon after FAA’s request was published, asking for 120 more days for the public to comment on the issue . A4A also suggested that the FAA host a public meeting or webinar to answer any questions —an idea that Lufthansa supports .