December 13, 2012
The Transportation Security Administration could issue foreign repair station certification rules early next year, a senior official says.
The rules are “hopefully on track to be out in January,” Ann Zipser, director-global programs and engagement in TSA’s Office of Global Strategies, said this week at an American Association of Airport Executives aviation security summit.
Zipser said the Office of Global Strategies is already engaged in outreach efforts, “especially in those areas where we’re going to have to make some visits and things like that.” She said she could not give specifics since the rules are still being finalized.
Congress initially mandated the rules for delivery in August 2004. The delay has had interagency ramifications, preventing the FAA from issuing new foreign repair station certificates.
Aviation industry groups have repeatedly pressured the TSA to finish the job—and have urged the Department of Homeland Security to address its agency. Both the Aeronautical Repair Station Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently called for a congressional resolution of the situation, which they say has hurt global expansion.