FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE SAFE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE STANDARDS ACT IS A HUGE STEP FORWARD
CENTENNIAL, CO – November 15, 2019 – Today House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced The Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, calling for unannounced FAA inspections of foreign repair stations, minimum qualifications for mechanics and others working on U.S.-registered aircraft at foreign repair stations, data gathering and analysis, a conditional moratorium on FAA certification of new foreign repair stations, and requiring the FAA to a create an online repository for carriers to report heavy maintenance history by location and specific aircraft registration number, as well as other safety metrics.
“We applaud Chairman DeFazio’s leadership on the issue of safety, particularly as it relates to aircraft maintenance,” stated AMFA National Director Bret Oestreich. “As the carriers seek to accomplish more aircraft maintenance outside of the U.S., this bipartisan legislation is a huge step forward in ensuring that the flying public enjoys safe travel while leveling the playing field for U.S. workers and the companies that employ them.”
“Chairman DeFazio’s bill goes straight to AMFA’s motto that safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground,” noted Mr. Oestreich. “We fully support this important legislation and urge more Members of Congress to join the Chairman as cosponsors.”
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents 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.