A European aerospace group is warning that European regulators may require U.S. aircraft to fly with a mechanic on board as retaliation for a provision in the FAA reauthorization bill that increases U.S. oversight of foreign maintenance operations. The AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe is arguing that countries with bilateral aviation agreements should be exempt from the proposed U.S. requirements. "The FAA can't cover all stations," says ASD Secretary General Francois Gayet, noting that general aviation operators would be especially hard-hit by any retaliation on the part of EU regulators.

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