FAA Publishes Repair Station Proposed Rule

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DOCUMENT: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FAAOn May 21 the FAA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would amend the repair station regulations by updating and changing the rating system, repair station certification requirements and the regulations for repair stations that provide maintenance services for air carriers.

The FAA is taking this action as many parts of the current repair station regulations do not represent modern repair station maintenance practices and advances in technology. The intent of the proposed rule is overdue as the current repair station rating system is out of sync with modern aircraft and systems and maintenance techniques.

The FAA is proposing a new Component rating that would replace the Radio, Instruments and Accessory ratings and would permit repair stations to repair systems/components not installed on an airframe, power plant or propeller. Component repair stations would have a list of the components that they are permitted to repair on their Operations Specifications or OpSpecs. Revising an OpSpec to add more components may be easy to say but difficult at times to accomplish so it will likely become a major issue for repair stations.

PMA parts may also be an OpSpecs issue. While most PMA parts are maintained the same as an OEM part, a PMA part may not serviced by a repair station unless that PMA part is on the OpSpecs, which translates to – I can repair the OEM part but not the equivalent PMA part unless I have it on my OpSpec. The repair stations may find it unreasonable to go through the OpSpecs amendment process to add a PMA part, especially when the number of PMA parts is smaller than the number of OEM parts.

NPRM comments may be sent to the FAA Docket number FAA–2006–26408 via:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions.

• Mail: Send comments to:

Docket Operations, M–30;U.S. Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001.

• Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–225.

JDA’s team of professionals includes a former FAA Managers and Principals who are experts in repair station requirements and regulations. If you would like assistance in responding to this critical NPRM, please send an email to info@jdasolutions.aero or call Toll Free: 1-877-JDA-AERO (877-532-2376).

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