IFPTE Issues

Issues

Prevent Outsourcing of Domestic Airline Maintenance Functions

Outsourcing Airline Maintenance

Overview

U.S. air carriers currently outsource 70 percent of their maintenance work to contract repair stations, with much of that work going overseas to stations that do not necessarily meet the safety and security rules in place at U.S. facilities. For example, the almost 700 foreign stations certified by the FAA to work on U.S. aircraft are not required to institute a drug and alcohol testing program that U.S. facilities and their workers must follow. Even worse, contract repair work is being farmed out to facilities that are not even certified by the FAA making oversight and quality control virtually impossible.

Congressional Action

In the current 111th Congress, both the House and Senate have passed respective bills addressing this critical issue. In fact, just before the Easter recess, the Senate finally passed their bill (HR 1586), giving the House (HR 915) and Senate the opportunity to move to reconcile the two competing bills. IFPTE is supportive of the House language, inserted by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, James Oberstar (D-MN), which provides strong maintenance requirements for FAA certified repair stations abroad.

IFPTE Supported Language in the House Passed Bill

The House passed bill, HR 915, includes IFPTE backed provisions that will:

  • Put an end to non-FAA certified stations doing critical work on domestic airplanes;
  • Require biannual FAA inspections of foreign repair stations, and;
  • Put in place drug and alcohol testing for all safety-sensitive employees in foreign stations (as is the case for domestic airline maintenance workers).

IFPTE Legislative Request: IFPTE calls on FAA Reauthorization Act Conferees to work in favor of preserving the House passed airline maintenance provisions as a part of a final FAA bill, and calls on Congress to pass an FAA Reauthorization bill before the final 2010 adjournment.

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