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Allied Pilots Association Urges Prompt Enactment of Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 5, 2022) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, voiced its support for the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced the bill.
“We commend Rep. DeFazio for championing this much-needed legislation,’” said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson. “Safety is paramount in our industry, and the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act includes several important requirements that would enhance the margin of safety for our passengers and crews.”
Among the bill’s requirements:
- All foreign repair stations would be subject to at least one unannounced annual safety inspection.
- Mechanics and others working on U.S.-registered aircraft at foreign repair stations would be required to be certificated by the FAA.
- Carriers would be required to submit a detailed monthly maintenance report to the FAA for analysis.
- The FAA would be required to create a repository for carriers to report heavy maintenance history by location and specific aircraft registration number.
“APA has long advocated for these very same safety measures, and we urge Congress to enact the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act promptly,” Ferguson said. “The safety of U.S. commercial aviation is second to none, and it is incumbent on us to do all we can to keep it that way.”
Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.