The Aeronautical Repair Station Association represents the companies that provide maintenance services for the GLOBAL aviation industry. These US companies compete for major D checks of airframes, turbine engine overhauls and complex avionics repairs against facilities around the world. The primary assets of airlines involve the most movable equipment of almost any industry; most airplanes can fly to any repair station in the world. Given the potential for such intercontinental competition, ARSA could easily be an advocate for protectionism and assert, like the unions do, that Foreign Repair Stations are unsafe. They, too, could support Congressional efforts to block ARSA’s most natural customers from moving their airframes, powerplants and avionics to overseas FAA certificated repair stations. The attached article and the accompanying ARSA statement make it clear that they support open markets.
This organization’s statement to the Senate’s Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, & Security makes a number of points about the competiveness of the US aviation industry, the subject of this hearing. ARSA notes that the US Part 145 segment of this larger industry is a net exporter of $2.4 billion. Given that positive contribution, they argue against the current Congressional interference with the FAA’s certification of foreign repair stations, because such a policy encourages foreign governments to constrain their airlines from considering the use of US repair stations.
On a positive note, ARSA supports the expansion of the FAA’s use of Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements, which facilitate the acceptance of US repair station work by foreign customers and typically reciprocate by recognizing the technical competence of the foreign CAA and its regulated entities.
As noted above, aviation is inherently a global business. Since the Chicago Convention, the world’s governments have tried to establish international agreements which mirror that intercontinental market structure. ARSA should be commended for taking its positive trade positions before the Senate.Share this article: