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Aviation Safety: FAA Oversight of Foreign Repair Stations

On June 20, the Inspector General testified on FAA's oversight of foreign repair stations before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security. Specifically, the Inspector General discussed recent trends in outsourcing aircraft maintenance, regulatory differences between domestic and foreign repair stations, and two key areas in FAA's efforts to effectively oversee outsourced maintenance: (1) strengthening safety oversight of repair stations and non-certificated repair facilities and (2) ensuring that inspectors are well-positioned to adequately oversee maintenance outsourcing.