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Press Release: AMFA Supports Federal Aviation Administration’s Proposed Rule on Drug and Alcohol Testing at Foreign Repair Stations
Feb 13, 2024

For Immediate Release


Rob Cush, AMFA Director of Government Affairs
(303) 752-2632

Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Applauds Federal Aviation Administration’s Proposed Rule on Drug and Alcohol Testing at Foreign Repair Stations

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – February 12, 2024 – On February 8, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), a craft-specific, independent aviation union, submitted a statement for the record to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This statement expresses support for the proposed rule-making on implementing a drug and alcohol testing standard for maintenance employees who work on U.S. aircraft at certificated foreign repair stations. AMFA’s position is always to prioritize the safety of the aircraft and the passengers traveling aboard. Any work being performed by employees at foreign repair stations must meet the same standards as domestic employees when it comes to drug and alcohol testing. The testing rules set forth in both the House and Senate bills now match those imposed on maintenance technicians who work on aircraft in the U.S.

“AMFA has worked steadfastly for years to combat foreign outsourcing,” said AMFA National President Bret Oestreich. “In an effort to firmly stand by our motto, ‘safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground,’ AMFA will continue our efforts to make sure those foreign repair station employees meet background check and testing requirements with the ultimate objective of aircraft safety.”


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 achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftspeople it represents. For more information about AMFA, visit www.amfanational.org.

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