Inaction's Impact--An Update


The long-awaited TSA repair station security rule--poised to hit the streets any year now--has cost industry millions of dollars annually. So concluded ARSA, which surveyed its members back in late 2011 to try and quantify the real-world impact of a delay that stretches back to before the A380's first flight.

As ARSA explains, the lost opportunity is due to a penalty that Congress put in place after TSA missed its deadline. In what some point to as a splendid example of Washington insider logic, Congress banned FAA from issuing new foreign repair station certificates until TSA issues its rule. 

One could argue that Congress simply is looking to ensure any foreign repair security loopholes are closed before it permits more to be added to the rolls. 

One also could argue that the ban is doing more harm than good, hurting U.S.-based businesses by cutting into revenues and stifling job growth. Oh, wait--one already did.

The bottom line: as fleets grow in overseas markets, some U.S. companies are banned from taking advantage. ARSA wants an update on how big an impact this is having, so...calling all repair stations affected by the ban: it's survey time again.

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