For Immediate Release
Rob Cush, AMFA Director of Government Affairs
AMFA Urges Support for the Global Aircraft Maintenance Improvement Act
CENTENNIAL, CO – March 27, 2023 – The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure introduced the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 1716) last week, calling for increased safety standards by 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, as well as additional safety improvements. These safety improvements will disincentivize the offshoring of American jobs and implement restrictions for offshoring overhaul of aircraft maintenance.
As the only craft-specific union representing Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, we applaud this bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Molinaro and Congresswoman Brownley along with other members of Congress, and we are excited to see this bill introduced in the House. AMFA has a long history of actively engaging in stronger safety oversight and restrictions of foreign outsourcing.
"These are reasonable and common-sense safety measures that will ensure safety for the flying public and encourage carriers to keep aircraft maintenance in the United States," stated AMFA National President Bret Oestreich. “AMFA stands by ready to engage to ensure our National Airspace Transportation System is the safest possible system in the world and therefore we urge this Congress to pass this bill swiftly.”
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 technicians 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 people it represents. For more information about AMFA, visit www.amfanational.org.