FAA extends comment period for proposed Part 145 rewrite

Last Friday, the FAA extended the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking that is a proposed rewrite of Part 145. The original deadline for the comment period was set for Aug. 20, but has now been extended until Nov. 19.

Why should general aviation pilots care? Officials at the Aircraft Electronics Association, note the proposal makes wholesale changes to the avionics industry with potentially damaging and costly repercussions.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

With the lack of general aviation maintenance representation in the alphabet soup of Washington, D.C., the Aircraft Electronics Association requested that we reprint the following information from Ric Peri, vice president, Government & Industry Affairs, to help the GA maintenance shops better understand what the FAA is proposing and how it will affect their businesses:

The author of this quote, William Hickson, was a 19th century British educational writer. Yet, living in the present, perhaps the famous quote from W.C. Fields is more appropriate — “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.”

After 20 years of trying and three changes in 10 years, the FAA’s latest proposal for Part 145 repair station ratings, while well intended, is simply ill-timed, too costly, and takes dead aim at the avionics industry. But, the FAA keeps trying — some of it is good, some bad and some is simply a cheap shell game.

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AEA convention concludes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. capital was a little busier last week as nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, dealers, installers and other general aviation professionals gathered April 3-6 at the 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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