Justin Madden, Legislative Affairs Director
DEFAZIO, LARSEN LETTER TO SECRETARY CHAO EXPRESSING "SERIOUS CONCERNS" OF FAA OVERSIGHT OF FOREIGN REPAIR STATIONS
CENTENNIAL, CO – JULY 3, 2018 – Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) National Director Bret Oestreich, released the following statement:
“Last week House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio and Subcommittee on Aviation Ranking Member Rick Larsen sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao expressing ‘serious concerns’ of the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of foreign repair stations. Specifically, Mr. DeFazio and Mr. Larsen called attention to the FAA’s continued ‘failure’ to finalize a rule requiring workers to be screened for alcohol and controlled substances at FAA certificated foreign repair stations – implementing the same safety standard the U.S. workforce adheres to.
“As the craft’s leading voice on requiring additional safety standards at foreign repair stations, we share Mr. DeFazio and Mr. Larsen’s frustration in the FAA neglecting to finalize this rule. This policy change is long overdue. The FAA needs to act NOW!”
A copy of the letter is attached.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union representing licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technician and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.