Part 145 Requirements More Strict

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The NPRM also looks at the general operation of repair stations and recommends some changes to ensure best practices and compliance with regulations. For instance, the new rule proposes to set in stone the requirement that a repair station have "permanent" quarters from which to operate. It won't preclude mobile repair capability but is designed to ensure that fixed facilities exist where technicians can operate comfortably and safely. The new regs would require a repair station to designate a "chief inspector," something many already do. The regs also propose to tighten up the application procedure to weed out bad actors in the industry. New regulations would prohibit anyone who was in a leadership position at a repair station that had its certificate revoked from simply reapplying under another name. The new rule is intended to prevent incidents such as the case of the chief inspector of a station that had its certificate pulled who got a new certificate and directed employees in the improper maintenance of propellers. One of those props came apart in flight and caused a fatal crash.