As published by AEA.net on 8/12/14 –
In a very public win, the Federal Aviation Administration published its final rule that dropped the changes to the repair station rating system and retained only the authority to deny an application for a new repair station certificate if the applicant or certain associated key individuals had materially contributed to the circumstances that caused a previous repair station certificate revocation action.
The rule also adds a new section prohibiting fraudulent or intentionally false entries or omissions of material facts in any application, record or report made under the repair station rules.
The most important aspect of this announcement is that the more drastic proposed changes were not accepted. The proposed changes would have had a significant effect on the way many repair stations do business. Growth and industry advancement is very important, but making sure it is advancement and not a distraction or hindrance is even more important.
As the AEA points out in the article linked above, over 230 comments were received stating serious concerns with the proposal changes. The majority of the commentators recognized that system of ratings is outdated, but there was general dissatisfaction with the proposed new system of ratings and transition process.
Although the FAA Repair Station system updates need to be addressed, perhaps less drastic measures will be proposed in the future.
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