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Monday, June 9, 2008

Foreign Repair Station Bill Introduced

A bill – the Safe Aviation Facilities Ensure Aircraft Integrity and Reliability Act of 2008 – was introduced last week by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) covering stricter oversight of foreign repair stations, a move applauded by the Business Travelers Coalition, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS). Related Story
"In light of recent failures of FAA management in addressing inspector's repeated safety concerns in this country, it is clear that the FAA must be more vigilant in how it oversees the industry,” said PASS National President Tom Brantley. “The McCaskill-Specter SAFE AIR Act takes aggressive action by ensuring that all major air carrier maintenance work only be performed by certificated repair stations, that foreign certificated repair stations are inspected at least twice a year by an FAA inspector, and that all workers working on U.S. aircraft at foreign repair facilities be drug and alcohol tested. If a foreign repair facility wants to work on U.S.-registered aircraft or any aircraft that operates in this country, meeting the same safety standards as domestic repair stations should be non-negotiable.”
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