OIG To Review FAA Oversight Of
Foreign Aircraft Repair Stations
December 18, 2010 -
The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector
General plans to conduct a follow-up review of the
Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of
repair stations. In recent years, major
Since 2003, OIG has reported on the need for the FAA to
strengthen its oversight to ensure that contract repairs
meet FAA standards. OIG is conducting this review at the
request of Representative Jerry F. Costello, Chairman of
the House Subcommittee on Aviation.
Their audit objectives will be to examine changes the FAA has made to its repair station oversight, assess the effectiveness of these changes in bolstering FAA?s oversight of both domestic and foreign repair stations, and identify any additional challenges to effective oversight that FAA still needs to address.
2000 and 2009, airlines increased their maintenance outsource
spending by more than $1.1 billion. Forecasts show that the
maintenance, repair, and overhaul industry will grow annually by
4.4 percent over the next 10 years, yielding a market value of
between $50 billion to $65 billion for this segment of the
aviation industry. These upward trends are expected to continue
as airlines continue to cut maintenance costs and increase
FAA has made a number of procedural changes in response, it has
not addressed OIG?s most significant and longstanding
recommendations to identify repair stations performing
safety-critical repairs and repair stations air carriers use
will include visits to FAA Headquarters and regional offices as
well as select Flight Standards Service field offices that
oversee commercial airlines and repair stations. OIG will begin
their audit the week of January 3, 2011.
November 18, 2009, the Inspector General testified on the
Federal Aviation Administration?s oversight of repair stations.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported the FAA?s
oversight of aircraft repair facilities is not robust enough to
ensure that outsourced repairs meet FAA standards.
Specifically, the FAA does not know where all critical outsourced repairs are performed for both certificated and non?certificated facilities. Instead, it relies heavily on air carriers? oversight of repair stations, even air carriers with known quality assurance problems.
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