Regulations That Could Affect MRO In 2013
By Sean Broderick, Mario Pierobon
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
EASA also is looking at simplifying regulations for general aviation MRO. It seems to recognize the heavy regulatory burden placed on small—but skilled—maintenance facilities that sometimes spend more than 50% of staff time on document compliance.
To assess the effectiveness and proportionality of the Part-M requirements on general aviation, the agency issued a survey letter on July, 4 2011; and organized a workshop in Cologne, Germany, on Oct. 27, 2011.
As a result of these actions, EASA decided in October 2012 to create a Part-M General Aviation Task Force, as outlined in NPA 2012-17. The task force's objective is to find ways to reduce the burden on the general aviation community, differentiating it into two phases.
The first phase covers areas where high costs and no real safety benefits have been identified, and for which an extensive regulatory impact assessment is not required, in particular maintenance programs and airworthiness reviews. The second phase covers other areas where further action is needed—such as rulemaking, standardization and change management—but where more technical discussions and an extensive regulatory impact assessment are required.
—By Mario Pierobon
Update on Select FAA Significant Rulemakings
|Document||Original Projected Publication Date||Last Projected Publication Date||Publication Date||Latest Action|
|Air carrier maintenance training NPRM||6/2/15||None reported||None reported||Returned to DOT for second review 12/11|
|Installed systems and equipment for use by flight crew||8/7/12||10/4/12||10/4/12||Sent to OST 5/2/12|
|Supercooled large droplet icing conditions||2/7/16||3/22/17||3/22/17||None reported|
|Production/airworthiness II NPRM||1/17/18||1/17/18||1/17/18||No reported actions|
|SMS for Part 121s||7/28/16||9/5/16||4/25/17||Sent to OST 4/12/12|
|Drug/alcohol testing for certain foreign repair station employees||9/18/16||12/14/16||1/11/17||Sent to OST 11/13/12|
|Source: December 2012 U.S. Transportation Dept. (DOT) Report OST = Office of the Secretary of TransportationNPRM = Notice of Proposed Rulemaking SMS = Safety Management Systems|