For Immediate Release: November 15, 2019
Bayley Sandy (DeFazio), 202-225-4472
Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Aviation Safety Standards at Foreign Repair Stations
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced The Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, legislation that would strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of repair stations located outside the United States, particularly at a time when airlines are increasingly relying on outsourced maintenance work.
The legislation will address these safety and security issues by doing the following:
• Unannounced FAA inspections for foreign repair stations. Require that all foreign repair stations be subject to at least one unannounced safety inspection each year.
• Minimum qualifications for mechanics and others working on U.S.-registered aircraft at foreign repair stations. Require supervisors and mechanics be certificated under FAA regulations, regardless of location (e.g., technical fluency in English, completion of FAA testing, and demonstration of certain knowledge and skills).
• Data analysis. Require air carriers to submit a detailed maintenance report to the FAA monthly, and for the FAA to analyze these reports, along with existing data inputs, to detect safety issues.
• Moratorium on FAA certification of new foreign repair stations if the FAA does not implement congressional mandates within one year.
• Requires FAA to a create repository for carriers to report heavy maintenance history by location and specific aircraft registration number, as well as other safety personnel metrics.
- Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)
- Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA)
- Rep. Chuy García (D-IL)
- Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
- Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH)
- Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
- Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
This legislation has the support of aviation industry stakeholders, including:
• Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA)
• Consumer Reports
• International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
• National Consumers League
• Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)
• Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
Transportation Trades Department (TTD)
To read the bill text, click here.
Introduced Text of Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act.pdf