Tue, Jan 04, 2005
Organization Says FAA's Inability To Meet A Deadline Shouldn't
Be Industry's Problem
Perhaps it's the Aircraft
Electronics Association's way of telling the FAA, "Failure to meet
a deadline on YOUR part should in no way constitute an emergency on
The AEA has requested a 60-day extension by the FAA to review
and comment on the draft AC 145-RSTM.
This long-awaited Advisory Circular defines the scope and
description of the Part 145 Repair Station Training Manual.
AEA says it's performed a preliminary review of the AC and finds
numerous issues that are not consistent with the June 21, 1999
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, nor are they consistent with the
August 6, 2001 Final Rule, according to Ric Peri, AEA's vice
president of government and industry affairs.
The Agency initially promised industry that the AC would be
published by August 6, 2001. Having missed that date, AEA feels the
Agency is quickly trying to publish the final AC before the
fast-approaching FAR 145.163 implementation date of April 6, 2005.
AEA contends however, publishing the draft AC for public review and
comment on December 22, 2004 with minimalist time-frame of 30 days
submits aviation small businesses to an unrealistic and unfair
"The inability of the FAA to meet
its deadlines should not be used as justification to burden
aviation small businesses with an administrative review and
commentary typically used for emergency rulemaking," said Peri.
Because of these issues, AEA dos not support the FAA’s
unrealistic 30-day time-frame and has requested the period be
extended an additional 60 days.
A copy of the DRAFT Part 145 Training AC may be viewed on the
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