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FAA Continues Review of Inspection Authorization Policy Change Comments

April 7, 2011 — Last November, when the FAA published a proposal in the Federal Register to clarify the existing A&P inspection authorization (IA) renewal requirements and process, many EAA, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Warbirds of America members feared the proposal could mean the end of part-time, specialized, and supervisory IAs. The FAA was quick to respond to an inquiry by H.G. Frautschy, VAA executive director, that the proposed change was simply a proposal under consideration and would not affect the current IA renewal period (which ended on March 31, 2011). VAA also quickly responded to reports that some FSDOs began implementing it as a completed action.

EAA recently contacted the FAA’s Flight Standards Service - General Aviation & Avionics Branch for an update on the status of the IA renewal process. Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director, said the division reported it had received more than 950 public comments – a very high response - and is in the process of reviewing them. “When the review is completed the division plans to publish responses to those comments in the sometime prior to December 31, 2011,” Hansen said.

We will provide updates to the IA issue in the e-Hotline and Vintage Aircraft Online e-newsletters and the EAA and VAA websites as they occur.

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