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ARSA to SBA: FAA Ignored Small Business Protections; Members Encouraged To Write Congress

On Sept. 26, ARSA urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant to request the immediate withdrawal of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed airworthiness directive (AD) regarding the replacement of certain cylinder assemblies.

Regarding this particular rulemaking, the agency underestimated the compliance costs by failing to determine the actual number of engines impacted, labor rates, and price for replacement items. The rudimentary economic data provided by the agency is inadequate, inaccurate, and unsubstantiated. There is also no doubt the FAA’s proposal exclusively impacts small businesses; in fact, merely having the NPRM in the public realm is impairing such entities.

Agencies should not be permitted to run afoul of the law without repercussion. If the FAA is allowed to continue inaccurately assessing the small business impact of proposed rules, the entire industry will feel the consequences. ARSA contends the FAA should withdraw the proposed rule until it can include the correct economic material required by the RFA.

To view the comparison between the industry's and the FAA's regulatory evaluation of the proposed rule, click here.

The comment period was recently extended to Dec. 11. To submit a comment to the Federal Register, click here.

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