Alexandria, VA, January 10, 2014 – The National Air Transportation Association welcomes the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) release of the long awaited Aircraft Repair Station Security regulation. The final rule will appear in Monday’s Federal Register.
The regulation requires repair stations certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR Part 145 to comply with TSA security directives and implement security measures as directed by TSA. It also allows TSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to conduct security inspections in these facilities. Most importantly the completion of this final rule will now lift the long standing ban on certification of repair stations overseas.
“NATA is pleased to see the final TSA repair station security rule published. The completion of the final rule lifts the FAA’s moratorium on new foreign repair station certifications, allowing U.S. companies to expand MRO operations globally. This is a great boost to our aviation repair businesses, jobs and our nation’s economy,” said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks.
“NATA commends the collaborative spirit of those who worked to see this rule through completion. The industry’s unity in its continual discussions with legislators and the Department of Homeland Security resulted in a positive outcome for all involved,” added Hendricks.