Small Business Administration To FAA: Do Your Homework | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Wed, Aug 25, 2004

Small Business Administration To FAA: Do Your Homework

Says Mandatory Drug/Alcohol Testing Will Drag Small Shops Under

The Federal Aviation Administration "lacks a factual basis" to support the expansion of substance abuse testing, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under the FAA's proposed rule, thousands of metal finishers, machine shops, dry cleaners and other small businesses would have to perform mandatory alcohol and drug testing of employees if they perform maintenance, even as subcontractors, for a commercial air carrier, no matter how far removed contractually from the air carrier they may be.

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and 13 other major aviation industry associations and companies oppose the proposal. In Joint Industry Comments filed with the FAA on August 16, ARSA explained how the rule will raise costs -- driving many of their members' subcontractors to decline aviation-related work.

"In many industries, a cost impact of one percent of revenues would be significant considering that profit margins may be five percent of revenues or less," according to the SBA Office of Advocacy in its FAA comments.

ARSA member companies are subject to stringent substance abuse testing requirements. As FAA-certificated facilities, they are responsible for the airworthiness of the aircraft and components they and their subcontractors service. The aviation industry has consistently maintained that imposing substance abuse testing on non-certificated subcontractors is costly, intrusive and unnecessary for safety.

"The requirement that lower tier contractors who perform safety sensitive repairs to components have alcohol and drug testing programs reaches well beyond repair stations and their contractors to include suppliers, parts refurbishers and parts brokers within the scope of the rule," the SBA said.

The FAA's proposal lacks objective data on the actual number of small entities affected by the rule, according to the SBA comments. The agency urged the FAA to perform a thorough regulatory flexibility analysis, solicit data from the public, and consider alternatives to minimize the impact on small entities, before proceeding with a final rule.

ARSA and its industry partners say they will continue to promote alternatives to this costly and ill-researched proposal.

FMI: www.arsa.org, www.sba.gov/advo/laws/comments/faa04_0816.html

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.24.14: AML's Innovations, NASA Preps For Mars, LightHawk Saves

Also: AW609 Pilots Honored, Airbus' VIP Cabin, FreeFlight's FTX-200, Quicksilver S-LSA Milestone During our visit this week to NBAA 2014, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Mar>[...]

Airborne at NBAA-10.22.14: Legacy 500, Universal InSight, BendixKing AeroWave

Also: GE Honda, Sagem's Active SideStick, Syberjet Update, Techno Aerospace Knows How to Party The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet durin>[...]

Airborne 10.24.14: AML's Innovations, NASA Preps For Mars, LightHawk Saves

Also: AW609 Pilots Honored, Airbus' VIP Cabin, FreeFlight's FTX-200, Quicksilver S-LSA Milestone During our visit this week to NBAA 2014, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Mar>[...]

AD: Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-02 PRODUCT: Pacific Aerospace Limited Model FU24-954 and FU24A-954 airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.14)

The Canard Zone An online forum by and for owners and builders of canard aircraft.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC