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ARSA Drafts SBA's Help to Defeat Costly Proposed Rule

On Sept. 26, ARSA urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant to submit official comments on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed rule (NPRM) pertaining to Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines. The request was made by the association because the FAA failed to comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act's (RFA) small business protections.

Specifically, ARSA asked Sargeant to address the FAA's incorrect assessment that the NPRM would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The agency underestimated the compliance costs by failing to determine the actual number of engines impacted, labor rates, and price for replacement items. The RFA classifies rules with $100 million in compliance costs as "major rules" that undergo congressional review.

ARSA contends the FAA should withdraw the proposed rule until it can include the correct economic material required by the RFA.

In a positive development for the industry, the FAA extended the comment period by 60 days. The new deadline is Dec. 11, 2013. ARSA continues to urge the aviation maintenance community to take advantage of this extension by providing feedback on the rule.

Watch for unfolding updates on and in the weekly ARSA Dispatch. more

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