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should be well-reasoned, reflect an understanding of the government’s goals, and above-all, offer recommendations of methods to accomplish the government’s goals… methods that are compatible with the needs of the regulated industry. There is a prime opportunity to practice this idea – critically reading a proposed rule and providing the government with meaningful guidance – in the FAA’s proposed revisions to the repair station rules. Under the current system, it is possible for a repair station to have a class rating under instrument or radio ratings. Unfortunately, the current ratings system does not adequately reflect the nature of avionics. The proposed rule would amalgamate all of the ratings other than airframe, powerplant and propeller and place them into a single rating known as component. Then, the repair station would identify the eligible components in a capabilities list. Unfortunately, this proposal is rife with problems, including a proposed system for changing capabilities that is overly burdensome and adds new unnecessary hurdles. There is no real safety benefit

offered in the proposal to justify the new burdens.
WE MUST ALL HANG TOGETHER, OR ASSUREDLY WE SHALL ALL HANG SEPARATELY.

What can be done to accomplish the FAA’s goal – updating the rat-

tem and simply embrace capabilities lists for all repair stations as the replacement to the current ratings system. This would permit repair stations to explain what they are capable of, with specificity, without that capability being interpreted in the light of an admittedly outdated

The Wisdom of

Benjamin Franklin
 Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.  We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.  They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

ings system – without creating more problems than are solved by the change? One radical option would be to do away with the ratings system entirely. If the FAA policy-makers believe repair stations that work on avionics, instruments and appliances should rely on capabilities lists in order to identify the articles they are qualified to maintain, then perhaps we should do away with an admittedly out-of-date ratings sys-

and increasingly irrelevant ratings system. One problem that could be solved by such a move would be the problem of ratings reinterpretation (FAA policy interpretations of ratings that narrow their apparent scope, without providing repair stations with adequate notice they need to change their ratings to continue to reflect their normal business practices).
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News November 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
International News and Regulatory Updates
Modernizing Electricals
Member Profile
House & Hangar Calls
Gliders, Sailplanes and Motor-Gliders
A Conversation With...
Apple's Latest Smartphone Creates Chaos, Opportunity
Before & After
Member Profile
Business Basics
Aviation Aces
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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