Service Difficulty Reports

"It was not the FAA's intent to require repair stations to report all failures, malfunctions and defects."

The Federal Aviation Administration published a correction to the repair station final rule that was published Aug. 12, 2014. In that rule, the FAA removed the word "serious" from section 145.221 in what the agency perceived to be a previous oversight. After publication, and based on information in a petition for rulemaking submitted by an industry coalition of the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, Airlines for America, the Cargo Airline Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Carrier Association, and the National Air Transportation Association, the FAA realized the word should be retained.

As a result of this action, the FAA has added the word "serious" back into the regulations before the phrase "failure, malfunction or defect of an article" in section 145.221, paragraph (a).

The final rule, with this change, takes effect Nov. 10, 2014.

The Aircraft Electronics Association appreciates the agency correcting this error in a timely manner.

Contact Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, by email at or by phone at 202-589-1144.