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TSA Part 145 Repair Station Security


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is issuing regulations to improve the security of domestic and foreign aircraft repair stations as required by the Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The regulations codify the scope of TSA's existing inspection authority and require repair stations certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR part 145 to allow TSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to enter, conduct inspections, and view and copy records as needed to carry out TSA's security-related statutory and regulatory responsibilities.

The regulations also require these repair stations to comply with security directives when issued by TSA. The regulations also require certain repair stations to implement a limited number of security measures. The regulations establish procedures for TSA to notify repair stations of any deficiencies with their security measures and to determine whether a particular repair station presents an immediate risk to security. The regulations include a process whereby a repair station may seek review of a determination by TSA that the station has not adequately addressed security deficiencies or that the repair station poses an immediate risk to security. TSA has eliminated the requirement for maintaining a defined Security Program and instead requires adherence to prescribed Security Measures as outlined in the final rule.

We have been working with several clients on the proposed TSA Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and would be happy to assist you in assessing your facility for compliance to the security standard for Part 145 repair stations. We know that most repair facilities have a security program in place and that some security programs are more robust than others. Because of this, it is wise to have an independent third party review your security program for effectiveness and efficiency.  In many cases, we can suggest cost effective solutions to enhance your current security program.  Being a member and past Chairman of the NBAA Security Council, we have a very good understanding of the security issues within the civil aviation community.  As a result, we developed the Aviation Security and Safety Evaluation Tool –ASSETTM which provides an in depth look at security policy, plans, procedures and culture.  ASSETTM will provide you with an evaluation of the effectiveness of your security program as well as the degree of compliance to the TSA Repair Station Security Standard. 

The Welsh-Sullivan Group does not sell or install security equipment; we only provide professional security advice and recommendations to our clients. The assessment results are proprietary to your business and will not be shared with any competitor or government agency. 

Our consultants are former U.S. Secret Service, FBI, FAA, NTSB and general aviation investigators, inspectors and operators with years of physical security experience in government, industry and aviation. Knowing where your security program stands with respect to the Repair Station Security Rule will allow you to make critical business decisions and stay ahead of your competition. Being compliant to the Rule may prove to be a competitive advantage and a business driver. Let us help you prepare for the TSA Repair Station Security Standard. 
Please feel free to contact us to discuss the merits of having a security assessment conducted at your facility.  We can be reached at 214-315-7070 or by email at welshsullivangroup@yahoo.com 

The Welsh-Sullivan Group LLC is an NBAA member company. Licensed by the Texas Private Security Board, License C16616                                                                                                                            

 

TSA Releases Long-Overdue Repair Station Security Rule

January 10, 2014
By Kerry Lynch kerry.lynch@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First
                     

A decade after Congress mandated that the Transportation Security Administration adopt new repair station security regions, the agency is finally issuing the rule and effectively lifting a ban on certification of new foreign repair stations. 
 
Congress, frustrated with TSA’s inaction on the issue, banned FAA from certifying new foreign repair stations until the final rule was issued. That ban had been in place for more than five years, and the number of repair stations awaiting FAA certification had grown to more than 90.

TSA, however, plans to publish the final rule on Jan. 13, a move that comes after industry leaders called on new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to make its release a priority. But Johnson had to await final clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where it had been under review since March 2013—well past the normal 90-day OMB review period.

The rule codifies TSA’s inspection authority and requires Part 145 repair stations to permit agency officials to inspect and review records. It also directs repair stations to comply with future security directives and implement certain security measures.

The rule establishes procedures for TSA to notify repair stations of deficiencies within a repair station’s security program, as well as for the agency to determine when an imminent security threat is present.

TSA says it does not intend to inspect facilities except to ensure compliance with security directives or mandated security programs or in response to information provided by the U.S. or foreign governments. 
 
The security measures cover repairs stations that are on or adjacent to certain airports. They essentially call for the designation of an individual to carry out certain security responsibilities and measures to prevent unauthorized operation of large aircraft that are left unattended. The designated individuals must undergo a background check.

As for the determination that an immediate risk to security is present, TSA will notify the repair station and FAA that a certificate must be revoked.
While industry leaders were still reviewing the rulemaking, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce welcomed its release. “By finally putting this rule into place, the U.S. government is ending a decade of bureaucratic inaction, establishing a risk-based security requirement for repair stations and making it easier for U.S. businesses to access and support markets throughout the world,” Bunce says.

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