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The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) continues its quest to create a fair playing field for maintenance organizations that are required to obtain current maintenance data while manufacturer counterparts are not being forced to comply with their own mandates to make it available. The trade association is also pursuing another route: It is encouraging repair stations to petition the FAA for exemption from the regulatory requirement.
ARSA has long called for a change to the regulatory framework to ensure that basic safety information is made available to persons required to comply with those instructions. The list of initiatives spans decades and includes formal complaints against manufacturers, a U.S. Supreme Court amicus curiae brief filing and several congressional campaigns. Most recently, the trade association asked the Small Business Administration to step in, arguing that the double standard unfairly targets the small businesses making up the majority of the repair station community.
ARSA made sample language available to assist repair stations petitioning the U.S. government for relief from the federal mandate. Several organizations have taken up the mantle, arguing in their submissions that absent an air carrier or commercial operator’s directive to use the most current maintenance data (as provided for in §145.205), the relief would “merely allow a certificated repair station to use methods, techniques and practices other than those contained in the ‘current’ manufacturer’s information, as is permissible under Part 43.”
ARSA expects the petition campaign will highlight the FAA’s failure to address the inequity and pressure the agency to better align regulations and uniformly apply design and maintenance requirements. “Not only will the effort directly benefit each repair station by helping alleviate an unnecessary regulatory burden, it will also help ARSA develop a broader public policy case for removing the requirement from §145.109(d),” said the trade association.
The first petition for exemption from §145.109(d) was submitted on Nov. 17. Each petition is assigned a document ID on regulations.gov, and public comments are generally open for 20 days.