July 29, 2015 - DOT's Office Of Inspector
General's report indicated the FAA needs to
implement greater oversight on European Union
(EU) aircraft repair facilities.
As international air service expands, U.S. air carriers increasingly rely
on foreign repair stations to meet their
maintenance needs. Currently, more than 400
FAA-certificated repair stations in Europe
perform work on U.S. registered
aircraft and components.
To avoid duplicative oversight, the United States and the European Union
aviation safety agreement on May 1, 2011, to
permit foreign authority safety inspectors to
inspect EU repair stations on the behalf of the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).