What's It All About?

Part 2: Regulatory oversight of domestic vs. foreign repair stations

Much of the controversy surrounds the European Commission’s (EC’s) objection to the FAA inspections as violating the BASA between the United States and the EC. The EC’s aviation authority, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has threatened to retaliate against U.S. repair stations that hold EASA certifications. A number of aviation alphabet groups are lobbying hard in opposition to these bills. At the same time, labor organizations and safety advocates are lobbying in their favor.

I believe the U.S. Senate version is the proper course of action that we should follow. The regulatory oversight by EASA is certainly up to the challenge of ensuring the safety standards. We must not forget that a considerable amount of aircraft maintenance is accomplished in countries that do not have a BASA agreement with the United States. So this puts a burden on the FAA to check the air carriers’ internal oversight process to ensure that it is adequate to maintain control for the maintenance accomplished by these repair stations.

John Goglia has 30 years experience in the aviation industry. He was the first NTSB board member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate. Currently he is senior vice president for aviation operations and safety programs for consulting firm JDA Aviation Technology Solutions.

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