Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY) reintroduced the “Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Disclosure Act of 2019.”
“The IAM thanks Congressmen Garamendi and Zeldin for their tireless support of aviation safety,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “The IAM will always lead the fight against any airline that wants to outsource jobs to foreign repair stations whose lax oversight jeopardizes the safety of passengers.”
This bipartisan legislation would require airlines to disclose the maintenance history for their aircraft fleets, specifically the location and date an aircraft underwent heavy maintenance—the most comprehensive test for an aircraft. Airlines would be required to post this information online, distribute it with tickets, and communicate it to passengers upon request. Airlines would also be required to submit an annual report to a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database that tracks the maintenance history of their aircraft fleets. The database will also indicate whether maintenance was conducted in the United States or abroad; by FAA-certified mechanics or not; or by airline employees or third-party contractors.
to read the full act.