FAA reauthorization could be stalled by tiff over repairs

09/14/2009 | Air Transport World

A long-term reauthorization bill for the FAA could be delayed by several unresolved issues, including a House provision that calls for U.S. inspections of European repair stations, according to sources on Capitol Hill. The House's $53.5 billion reauthorization bill requires twice-yearly inspections of overseas repair facilities, despite the Aviation Safety Agreement signed by the U.S. and EU last year. The Senate's two-year FAA bill does not require U.S. inspections in any country with a "bilateral aviation safety agreement in place," and a top GOP staffer warns that the House version could cause heavy job losses if European retaliation forces smaller U.S. repair stations to close.

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