AAPA maintains and shares the view that it would be in the best interest of aviation for regulators to promote efforts and principles of harmonisation in the approach, methodology and application of continued airworthiness requirements with that of other regulatory counterparts.
Unfortunately, it is often the case that differences in regulatory requirements create unnecessary safety, operating and economic implications on operators to demonstrate compliance.
Flammability Reduction Systems
The US FAA is promulgating regulation that would require operators of US-registered aircraft to reduce the flammability levels of fuel tank vapours on the ground and in the air by “inerting” the tank to remove the likelihood of a potential explosion in the event there is an ignition source.
While AAPA members acknowledge the intent of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking and supports the need to address the development of instructions for maintenance and inspection of the fuel tank system ignition source prevention, there is a shared sentiment for an urgent need to harmonise as the FAA is taking a different regulatory view to that of its EU counterparts in EASA.
Notwithstanding, AAPA has written to both EASA and FAA advocating the need to harmonise – AAPA cannot support the concept of retroactivity nor support any recommendation of an in production cut-in. The AAPA’s submission to the FAA’s proposal articulates the key issues of concerns and strongly reiterates the call for harmonisation. To emphasise the views of the members’ engineering and maintenance fraternity, it would be in the best interest of aviation – from a safety, operational and economic perspective – to align the requirements allowing the affected parties to develop their compliance plans without imposing tremendous burden on the industry.