According to Aviation Week, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is “aggressively pursuing” the release of a final repair station rule, but cannot give any guarantees that it will be out by the end of the year.
TSA Administrator John Pistole earlier this year told industry leaders that the TSA hoped to get the rule out by the end of the year, but Deputy Administrator John Haliniski told the House transportation security subcommittee the week of Sept. 10 that he cannot give a timeline. He adds, however, that even though the rule is not out, TSA is moving forward on security vulnerability portions, and he expects all repair stations to be in compliance by the time the rule is released.
At the hearing lawmakers called on the agency to release the repair station rule, along with a series of others that have been delayed. These include the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rewrite and flight student vetting.
Congress directed the TSA to develop the repair station rule in 2003 and then, after years of inaction, passed a law in 2007 prohibiting the FAA from certifying new foreign repair stations until the rule was released. That ban took effect in August 2008.
“The repair station security rule that has been languishing in the bureaucracy for years must be finalized,” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). “The inability of the FAA to approve new repair stations is hampering American competitiveness.”