FAA Releases Repair Station Proposal

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Friday, the FAA released a long-anticipated proposal "to amend the regulations for repair stations by revising the system of ratings and requiring repair stations to establish a quality program." The agency would require a repair station to maintain a capability list, designate a chief inspector, and provide permanent housing for its facilities, equipment, materials, and personnel. The FAA proposes to revise the ratings and classes that may be issued to certificated repair stations and combines the "instrument rating" and "radio rating" in an "avionics rating." The FAA would also no longer divide classes of aircraft by materials (composites or metal) and would also make changes to size classifications. The FAA is inviting comments, which must be received by March 1, 2007. Find the 21 page proposal, here.