ARSA Expresses Concerns To TSA Director Over Repair Station Rules


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ARSA Expresses Concerns To TSA Director Over Repair Station Rules

By Bill Goldston

July 13, 2010 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) which represents and advocates for aviation repair stations and manufacturing companies for over 25 years congratulated John Pistole on his confirmation as the Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA) new administrator in a letter on Monday. ASA also took the opportunity to raise some concerns regarding certificating new foreign aircraft repair stations.

John S. Pistole, former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on May 17, 2010 and was unanimously confirmed to serve in that position by the United States Senate on June 25, 2010.


Pistole was one of two FBI officials who approved a memo laying out the FBI's policy on the limits to the interrogation of captives taken during the United States' war on terror. The memo was from the FBI's General Counsel, to all offices, explaining that FBI officials were not allowed to engage in coercive interrogations.

The letter stated in essence “Good security is good business,” ARSA pledged to aid TSA in promoting safety and developing final security rules for foreign and domestic aviation repair stations. “ARSA welcomes the opportunity to assist in developing TSA’s final repair station security rules in a manner that recognizes that a ‘one-size fits all’ approach is insufficient for a global industry,” wrote ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod.

“I look forward to working with you and your team to ensure the final TSA rule promotes safety and security without unnecessary regulatory burdens and costs on the small to medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our industry.”

ARSA further indicated that TSA’s failure to meet legislative deadlines for issuing repair station security regulations has resulted in Congress punishing the aviation maintenance industry by banning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from certificating new foreign repair stations. While the agency released its draft rules last fall, the certification prohibition will remain in place until TSA finalizes the rules and conducts security audits of all foreign repair stations. The FAA’s inability to certificate new repair stations is stifling growth in the aviation maintenance sector, which employs 274,634 American workers and has a $39 billion economic impact on the U.S. economy.

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