FAA Inspectors Union Applauds Foreign Repair Station Bill

Bipartisan Senate Bill Calls for Increased FAA Oversight of Foreign

Repair Stations

Jun 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO

    WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senators Claire McCaskill
 (D-Mo.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today introduced the Safe Aviation
 Facilities Ensure Aircraft Integrity and Reliability Act of 2008 calling
 for more strict oversight of foreign repair stations, and the Professional
 Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents more
 than 11,000 FAA employees, including aviation safety inspectors, are
 commending the action. PASS National President Tom Brantley released the
 following statement regarding the bill:
     "In light of recent failures of FAA management in addressing
 inspector's repeated safety concerns in this country, it is clear that the
 FAA must be more vigilant in how it oversees the industry. The
 McCaskill-Specter SAFE AIR Act takes aggressive action by ensuring that all
 major air carrier maintenance work only be performed by certificated repair
 stations, that foreign certificated repair stations are inspected at least
 twice a year by an FAA inspector, and that all workers working on U.S.
 aircraft at foreign repair facilities be drug and alcohol tested. If a
 foreign repair facility wants to work on U.S.-registered aircraft or any
 aircraft that operates in this country, meeting the same safety standards
 as domestic repair stations should be non-negotiable.
     ''U.S. air carriers are increasingly relying upon overseas repair
 facilities to perform critical maintenance work on its aircraft, and yet,
 many of these facilities are not subject to the same level of oversight,
 scrutiny and inspections as domestic repair stations. With airlines taking
 tremendous cost-cutting steps to reduce overhead and operating expenses,
 now is the time for the FAA to increase its oversight of airline
 maintenance, especially oversees.
     "We commend Senators McCaskill and Specter for their efforts to raise
 attention on this very important matter. This bill is critical to the
 safety of the flying public, and we are hopeful that it will be enacted so
 that we can continue to defend this country's reputation as having the
 safest aviation system in the world."
     PASS represents more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation
 Administration and the Department of Defense who install, maintain, support
 and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and
 oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight
 procedures and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems. For more
 information, visit the PASS website at www.passnational.org.

SOURCE Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO