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More Delays for Repair Station Security Rules?

With a resolution to end the federal government shutdown seemingly out of reach, visitors to national parks won't be the only ones impacted by congressional gridlock.

For the aviation maintenance industry, it will result in postponed certifications and inspections. It will also likely mean a further delay in finalizing repair station security rules, which have already been on hold for more than a decade due to agency inaction. While some in the industry were optimistic the regulations would be out in the coming weeks, a prolonged shutdown all but assures a longer wait and a greater economic impact resulting from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) moratorium on certificating new foreign repair stations.

ARSA continues to work behind the scenes with lawmakers to "lift the ban" on FAA certifications of overseas maintenance facilities, particularly in light of what will probably be further delay in the repair station security rules. The Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Management & Budget haven't made finalizing the regulations a priority in the past 10 years and it's unlikely it will be considered an "essential" function during the shutdown.

We need the aviation maintenance community's continued pressure on Congress to introduce legislation. To keep the process moving forward, lawmakers need a combination of education from the association's legislative team and hearing from constituents who provide the votes that send them to Washington. Contact Daniel Fisher, ARSA vice president of legislative affairs, to learn more about the association's efforts and what you can do to help. more

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