Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety
The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is asking repair station operators to participate in a survey about the impact that complying with the FAA’s Part 145 repair station NPRM will have on their business.
The Air Charter Association of North America (Acana) will hold an open forum about the U.S. DOT’s soon-to-be-released notice of proposed rulemaking for the charter broker/operator industry at the NBAA Convention on October 30 in Room N220B from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Acana said it will be discussing the four main factors behind the FAA proposal, as well as NTSB recommendations that are going to be included in the NPRM.
In an effort to strengthen and speed up the certification process for Part 23 aircraft, a government/industry working group is trying to find a better approach to getting aircraft, avionics and powerplants to the market faster.
“The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) has been quite clear…it does not see the need for security rules at contract repair stations,” Edward Wytkind, president of U.S. trade union the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, wrote in a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The FAA has added 90 days to the comment period for the agency’s rewrite of Part 145 rules, moving the date to November 19. The change, which was posted in the U.S. Federal Register on August 17, comes in response to a letter from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) and other aviation industry associations requesting more time to comment.
The draft FAA rule that will provide a regulatory framework for operating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of about 55 pounds or less in unrestricted airspace will likely limit those aircraft to flying 400 feet agl or below, within visual line of sight of an observer on the ground and during day VMC. The “sense-and-avoid” aspect of keeping safe separation from other aircraft will be provided by a ground observer, said Ted Wierzbanowski, chairman of ASTM International Committee F38, which is developing UAS standards under an agreement with the FAA.
Last week the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 145 repair stations, adding new ratings and certification requirements. This NPRM shouldn’t come as a surprise to the industry as it is a result of deferred issues from a 2001 Part 145 rule proposal, a revision of repair station ratings and quality assurance systems that generated a large number of negative comments.
Because safety is a never-ending quest, a safety management system (SMS) often calls for a cultural change. And changes take time. But just hearing the SMS acronym is enough to make many industry folks roll their eyes and sigh, thinking surely safety management systems must be working by now.