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FAA Withdrawing Repair Station NPRM

April 23, 2009 — The FAA has plans to withdraw a controversial December 2006 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that called for new repair station ratings classifications, capabilities lists and quality systems. The rule would have also required the designation of a chief inspector and mandated permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel.

“We are withdrawing the NPRM because we have determined that it does not adequately address the current repair station environment and because of the significant issues commenters raised,” the agency (FAA) said.

“As EAA has been involved in this issue for a number of years, we are relieved and pleased the FAA is withdrawing this proposal,” said Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations.  “The cost of compliance would have been significant and would not have provided a commensurate improvement in safety or quality of maintenance.  These costs would surely have been passed on to our members.”

 The FAA plans to move forward with a new NPRM and as they do that, EAA will work to ensure that the needs of all of general aviation, particularly vintage, amateur-built, warbirds and light sport aircraft are properly considered and accommodated.

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