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The Aircraft Electronics Association's international membership continues to grow. Currently, the AEA represents
avionics businesses in more than 40 countries throughout the world. To better serve the needs of the AEA's
international membership, the "International News and Regulatory Updates" section of Avionics News offers a
greater focus on international regulatory activity, international industry news and an international "Frequently
Asked Questions" column to help promote standardization. If you have comments about this section, send emails
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UNITED STATES

News & Regulatory Updates
Random drug and alcohol testing
On Nov. 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation
Administration published its random drug and
alcohol testing percentage rates of covered
aviation employees for the period of Jan. 1, 2017,
through Dec. 31, 2017. The FAA determined that
the minimum random drug and alcohol testing
percentage rates for the period will remain at 25
percent of safety-sensitive employees for random
drug testing and 10 percent of safety-sensitive
employees for random alcohol testing.

Additive manufacturing in
maintenance, preventive maintenance,
and alteration of aircraft, aircraft
engines, propellers, and appliances
On Nov. 30, 2016, the FAA published Notice
N 8900.391. This notice provides an introduction
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and awareness regarding the use of additive
manufacturing technology in the maintenance,
preventive maintenance, and alteration of aircraft,
aircraft engines, propellers, and appliances. As AM
technology evolves in the production environment,
it is expected that these same processes will be
applied to the maintenance, preventive maintenance,
and alteration of aircraft, engines, propellers, and
appliances.
Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations
Part 43, ยง 43.13 requires that all maintenance be
performed in such a manner and use materials of
such a quality that the condition of the aircraft,
airframe, aircraft engine, propeller, or appliance
worked on will be at least equal to its original or
properly altered condition. Compliance with existing
regulations must be demonstrated whether a part is
being maintained or altered using AM technology or
traditional/conventional methods.
When the current rules were created, they were
based on traditional metallic application and
the use of verified specifications. Therefore, the
means of compliance will change, and additional
considerations will need to be addressed.



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