TSA Issues Aircraft Repair Station Rule


Today, TSA issued a final rule on measures to enhance security of aircraft repair stations as required by the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. 

The final rule applies to aircraft repair stations located on or adjacent to both foreign and domestic airports and must be implemented within 45 days. The rule shifts from process to outcome-based security requirements, is designed to address the risk of a terrorist stealing a large aircraft and focuses security requirements on preventing the operation of unattended aircraft.  Anticipated costs are expected to be reduced from $266 million to $22 million over 10 years.

Specific new security requirements stipulate the designation of a 24/7 security contact and establish procedures to secure aircraft 12,500 pounds or more that are capable of flight. The final rule also requires background checks for security employees and does not apply to parts manufacturers.  Additionally, TSA representatives are socializing the requirements in the rule with Canadian and other foreign governments.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christopher R. Bidwell, Vice President, Security and Facilitation, at (202) 861-80871 or Lydia T. Beairsto, Director, Public Safety and Security, at (202) 861-8082.