Policy On Maintenance Manuals Presented

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A cross section of aviation companies has proposed a set of guidelines to ensure free and equal access to vital aircraft component maintenance manuals. "This diverse group agreed on solutions to address a long-standing problem: component maintenance manuals are often unavailable, particularly for components installed on aircraft," said a statement from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. A total of 11 companies, representing manufacturers, airlines and aircraft repair outfits, combined to create the Joint Industry Policy on Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. The policy asks that the FAA require component manufacturers to create basic repair manuals for their products and to make them available to anyone who might need them for a reasonable cost.