Fri, Jan 07, 2005
Joins AEA In Decrying Lack Of Time To Respond
Citing a lack of sufficient time to
respond to guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
on how repair stations will implement required training programs,
the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) this week
formally requested a 60-day extension to the recently announced
comment period for Advisory Circular (AC) 145-RSTM.
It was the second time in two days a major alphabet group
criticized the FAA for moving too fast on the circular. Tuesday, the AEA issued a similar
"Given the ambiguity of FAR 145.163,
the draft AC constitutes the FAA’s only guidance for the
development of training programs for repair stations certificated
under Part 145," wrote Eric R. Byer, NATA Vice President of
Government and Industry Affairs, in comments submitted to the FAA.
"Issuing the draft AC with only a 30-day comment period does not
allow affected entities the opportunity to evaluate and comment on
In the extension letter, the association also raised specific
concerns about how the limited time allotted to comment impacts
small businesses affected by the draft AC.
"This comment period is especially disturbing to owners of small
businesses, which account for a significant number of the aviation
companies nationwide. The limited time does not allow them to
adequately review, consider and respond to the AC while continuing
to operate their business," Byer concluded.
A copy of the association’s extension letter request can
be found by clicking here.
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